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A News Magazine published 

by Governor Dummer Academy 

SPRING 1991 


Art Exhibit: Faculty Show 

April 19 to May 2 

Faculty Art Show Reception 

April 26 

Fine Arts Concert 

April 26 

Alumni and Parents Reception, 
Worcester, MA 

April 30 

Alumni Association Executive Committee 

May 1 

Art Exhibit: 

100 Years of American Still Life 
Painting 1865-1965 

May 5 to June 16 

Alumni and Parents Reception, 
Portland, ME 

May 6 

Allies Golf and Tennis Tournament 

May 13 

Student Drama Production 

May 17 and 18 

Art Exhibit: Student Art 

May 31 to June 7 

Student Art Show Reception 

May 31 

Fine Arts Concert 

May 31 

Alumni Games 

June 1 

228th Commencement 

June 6 and 7 

Reunion '91 

June 14, 15 and 16 

Annual Fund Deadline 

June 30 


Governor Dummer Academy 


SPRING 1991 

The Academy as R & D Lab: 

The Fulfillment and Promise of SCIENCE 2000 8 

"Real world" research on a revolutionary plan 
to farm the deserts and creation of a water 
quality monitoring station set GDA apart from 
all other science programs. 

Still Fighting City Hall 

Archon Profile 

Once a member of the "Eames Fouif Thomas 
B. Nast 70 has found a new arena for effecting 
change: the Supreme Court. 

A Lifetime of Surprises 

Archon Profile 

Ted Eames was a good judge of character; he 
knew there was something extraordinary about 
Howard F. Stim '41. 


Reunion '91: Remember When...? . 

As we look forward to June 14, 15 and 16, a 
look back at some of the things the reunion 
classes will be remembering. 


On the cover: 

Stacia Piacente '91 finds a cozy spot to 
study on a Frost Library windowsill 
during a late winter afternoon. 
Photograph by S.C. Adams. 


Alumni Association 40 

Class Notes 20 

Headmaster's Message 3 

Letters 2 

Milestones 19 

On Campus 4 

Sports 14 

The Archon is printed on recycled paper. 


10 February, 1991 

Just a quick note to let you know 
that one of your own is in Saudi Arabia as 
part of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. I've 
been here since 15 October and don't 
foresee a return to sunny Fort Bliss, TX, 
anytime soon. 

I am with the Scudbusting 11th Air 
Defense Artillery Brigade as the Head- 
quarters Battery commander. This is my 
first command and hopefully my only 
combat command. 

Our biggest concern is getting home 
— safely, in one piece and soon. We know 
that we'll kick Saddam's can from Kuwait 
to Turkey and back. It's just a matter of 
starting so that we can finish and go back 
like President Bush promised. 

If any of you would like to write, the 
address is: Operation Desert Storm, 11th 
ADA BDE, APO, NY 09616. I'll be glad to 
hear from you. And my soldiers would like 
to get some "any soldier mail" you might 
like to send. 


David Critics '81 Captain 

PS. If any of the current student/teacher 
body would like to write to our soldiers, we 
all like to hear from home in the "any 
soldier mail." The girls' letters get snapped 
up very quickly. 

20 January, 1991 

This being correspondence day, I 
thought I'd take the occasion to write you 
and tell you how very pleased I was with 
the "big spread" I received in the recent 
Archon [MacArthur Fellow's Career Was 
Nurtured Here, Fall, 1990]. I rather doubt 
that an entire page was warranted, as 
grants and awards are quite commonplace 
these days. Still, I wonder if perhaps I have 
been the only GDA alumnus to have re- 
ceived this particular fellowship? 

Moreover, I would like to thank you 
personally for the very accurate and com- 
prehensive write-up — exceptionally well 
done in so short a space. Having been 
interviewed by the local press a few times 
last summer, I can attest to how often facts 
and/or quotes get garbled... but not from 
Governor Dummer and you. 

Well, yes, there was one small typo — 
not much to squawk about, but it does 
strain my credibility to those who know of 
such things. My GDA "bird list" was only 

2 The Archon - Spring 1991 

140 species. My God, the entire state of 
Massachusetts lists (by observers over 
several centuries) is only 455 species. 
Perhaps an "errata" in the next issue so I 
don't seem a bald-faced liar?? 

With much gratitude and best wishes, 

Guy Tudor '52 

12 February, 1991 

During its long history, Governor 
Dummer Academy has had its share of 
dedicated leaders like Moody, Phillips and 
Eames. However, none have shown any 
greater love and devotion to this school 
than you, nor have they displayed greater 
dedication and zeal for Governor Dummer. 

I think it is entirely appropriate for 
the Board of Trustees to name the new 
field house "The Carl A. Pescosolido, Jr. 
Field House" in your honor. Let me offer 
you my heartiest congratulations and many 
thanks for all you have done for Governor 
Dummer Academy. GDA has been many 
times blessed by your outstanding 


Robert F. Schumann '40, P'66 74 

The above letter was written by 
Schumann, one of the Academy's long-term 
benefactors, to Trustees President Carl A. 
"Skip" Pescosolido, Jr. 

27 February, 1991 

I have just had the privilege of 
reading the latest issue of The Archon. 
Congratulations. It is as good a magazine 
as I have seen from my fellow independent 
schools. I've shared the article on your 
Kuwaiti student with our Kuwaiti student 
who, unlike yours, was in Kuwait City dur- 
ing the invasion. He snuck out six weeks 
later and got to school late. What a story 
these kids have to tell! 

I really enjoyed reading the article 
about Put Flint. We go to church with him 
and are delighted by his charm and 

Whitty joins me in sending you and 
Dottie our best. 


Thomas E. Wilcox 
Headmaster, Concord Academy 

Editor's Note 

Reader response to the "new, 
improved" Archon has been copious and 
uniformly positive, for which we are appre- 
ciative. This issue offers yet another new 
feature that we expect to become a perma- 
nent Archon fixture: the From the Alumni 
Association column written by Association 
President John S. Mercer '64. 

A Promise to Keep 

As we were going to press, we received 
word that American Promise, the sailboat 
that Dodge Morgan '50 single-handedly 
piloted to a 150-day world circumnavigation 
record (The Archon, Fall 1986), had been 
refloated after sinking in Chesapeake Bay 
April 21. The 60-foot boat, which Morgan 
had donated to the U.S. Naval Academy, col- 
lided with a barge near the mouth of the 
Patuxent River. The crew of nine mid- 
shipmen and three officers escaped serious 
injury, according to reports. Morgan, who 
had not been aboard the craft since turning 
it over to the Naval Academy, reportedly was 
elated by the news that the boat will be 
returned to service as a training vessel. 

War Updates 

From the father of Harry Taormina 
'84, we have learned that Harry "saw con- 
siderable action" during the war in Iraq. As 
Headmaster Peter Bragdon wrote in the last 
issue (Headmaster's Message; The Archon, 
Winter 1991), Taormina, a Marine, was 
among the first U.S. forces in the Middle 
East. His father reports that Taormina drove 
an amphibious personnel carrier into Kuwait 
City, where he was involved in hostilities for 
ten days. The unit, he said, suffered no 
casualties. Taormina hopes to return home 
by July in order to resume his senior year in 
college this September. 

In other fallout from the war, Wahabi 
Al-Mutawa '91 ("An Uncertain Future: Life 
in Exile;" The Archon, Winter 1991) reports 
that his family returned to Kuwait to find 
their home in ruins after the Iraqi occupa- 
tion. He says that the Iraqis looted or ruined 
the house's contents and stole the family's 
automobiles. Repairs are underway, however, 
and Wahabi says he is looking forward to 
returning home in June for the first time in 
a year. 

This is the final scheduled Archon of 
the 1990-91 school season. In the mean- 
time, we'll be searching for interesting 
alumni profiles and articles for the fall 
Archon. If there are alumni you'd like to see 
profiled in these pages, please let us know. 
And don't forget to keep the cards, letters 
and Class Notes coming. — DLB 




Peter W. Bragdon, Headmaster 


David L. Bergmann 70 

William Lane 

Director of Development 

Stuart D. Chase P'83 '85 '87 

Director of Alumni Affairs 
Michael A. Heel 

Archon Advisory Board 
Bennett H. Beach '67 
John H. Costello, Jr. P'89 
Henry B. Eaton 70 
John P. English '28 
S. Joseph Hoffman P'83 
W. Newton Lamson II '58 
John S. Mercer '64 
Christopher M. Pope '65 
Abigail M. Woodbury 79 

Trustees of Governor Dummer Academy 

Carl A. Pescosolido, Jr. '55, President 

Richard B. Osgood '53 P'85 '88, Vice President 

William B. Ardiff '55, Secretary 

Jeffrey L. Gordon '69, Treasurer 

William L. Alfond '67 

Shirley S. French P76 

Mirick Friend '59 

Michael E. Hoover 71 

Stephen G. Kasnet '62 

George D. Kirkham '51 

George E. McGregor, Jr. '51 

Daniel M. Morgan '67 P'92 

Dodge D. Morgan '50 

William R. Plumer '53 

Jonathan S. Shafmaster '63, P'90 

Frederick M. Smith II '52 

John M. Timken, Jr. '69 

Courtney S. Wang 74 

Josiah H. Welch '47, P'80 '83 

Frederic B. Withington 

Nathan N. Withington '58 

Alumni Trustee 
Timothy G. Greene '50 

Alumni Association Executive Committee 

John S. Mercer '64, President 

William B. Tobey 70, Secretary 

Richard D. Cousins '45 

Thomas H. Larsen '54 

Ralph F. Johnson, Jr. '64 

Abigail M. Woodbury 79 

Kathryn A. O'Leary '81 

John B. A. Nye '82 

Benjamin B. Brewster '43 

George L. Richards III 77 

Tracie Fornaro 77 

Daniel H. Emerson '50 

Peter Arnold, Jr. 74 

Mark A. Whitney '81 

Martha A. Lawlor '82 

Henry B. Eaton 70 

Deborah E. Adams 74 

John P. English '28 

Howard J. Navins '31 

Peter M. Sherin '59 

George E. McGregor, Jr. '51 

Brian P. Lenane 72 

Timothy G. Greene '50 

The Archon is published three times a year (Fall, Winter 
and Spring) by Governor Dummer Academy, Byfield. 
Massachusetts 01922. Telephone: 508/465-1763. Letters 
are welcome from alumni, parents and friends of the 


good school," according to 
author and educator Ted Sizer, "is a place 
that produces thoughtful people, people 
whose instinct is to say, 'what's going on 
here?' It's noisy and contentious because 
people are asking questions, having confron- 
tations, arguing about ideas." Judging by the 
number of thoughtful people within the 
Governor Dummer community, the number 
of questions being asked and the general 
noise level here, there can be no doubt that 
we, indeed, have a very good school. 

Sizer, founder of Brown University's 
Coalition of Essential Schools program (and 
my friend and former graduate adviser), has 
spent years decrying education's "batch pro- 
cessing" model and arguing for reform — 
the sort of reform that currently is underway 
at Governor Dummer. 

Governor Dummer Academy, like 
many private secondary schools, is in the 
enviable position of creating, developing and 
implementing new curricula with a minimum 
of obstacles. Unlike many schools, however, 
GDA has elected to take on the challenges 
of examination and innovation in unique 
programs like SCIENCE 2000 and Square 
One both described in this issue 

It has long been recognized that 
America's students are lagging behind much 
of the world in some areas, notably science 
education. As Sizer points out, the remedy 
cannot be found in increased homework 

assignments or stricter testing. SCIENCE 
2000 addresses this point by redirecting the 
energies of science teaching; inculcating the 
same (or greater) amount of scientific 
information within more interactive, 
understandable and relevant curricula. 

In a broader sense, the Square One 
project is examining all aspects of a 
Governor Dummer education. The Square 
One Committee's charge is to take nothing 
for granted, to sift through the Academy's 
entire program and to identify both the suc- 
cessful and the less successful elements of 
it The committee will not stop at sterile 
evaluation, however; its faculty and admin- 
istration members will devise and refine 
offerings and structures that will determine 
GDA's excellence 

It is interesting to note that Sizer and 
the two alumni profiled in this issue, Tom 
Nast 70 and Howard Stim '41, all exper- 
ienced difficulties in their school careers; 
none fit established "norms." Each, however, 
has made significant contributions in his 
field of expertise. Most notably, each credits 
the considerable efforts of a personal advo- 
cate in his success. In the cases of alumni 
Stim and Nast, Governor Dummer Academy 
provided those individual "advocates," just as 
it strives to provide these leaders, guides 
and mentors for all of its students. 

As alumni, parents and friends of the 
Academy, you can expect to hear far more 
about SCIENCE 2000 and Square One in 
the coming years. Their results will be 
disseminated among you, the education 
community and general public who may 
profit by them. In the meantime you should 
expect to hear a great deal more "noise;" it 
will be the sound of a great deal of thought- 
ful, dedicated and probing people building a 
greater Governor Dummer Academy. 

Peter W. Bragdon, Headmaster 

The Archon - Spring 1991 3 

On Campus 

Excellence Starts with Square One 

"Excellence is a constant process; if you 
are not constantly moving forward, you are los- 
ing ground." With that exhortation, Headmaster 
Peter W. Bragdon directed that a new faculty 
committee be formed to explore ways of improv- 
ing all aspects of the Academy. 

The result is the Square One Committee, 
which has a mandate to explore ways of improv- 
ing Governor Dummer's core program. Not 
limited to academic matters, the committee's 
purview includes athletics, afternoon activities, 
school meetings, discipline and all other areas 
of campus life. The six faculty members on the 
Committee currently are meeting with other 
members of the GDA community to study the 
structure of the school day to determine areas 
for enhancement. 

"At the center of Square One is the 
understanding that we can improve student lear- 
ning," said Bragdon. "I am confident that we 
can achieve that goal while continuing to main- 
tain the caring, nurturing atmosphere for which 
Governor Dummer Academy is known." 
Crediting the enthusiastic response of faculty 
members, Bragdon added, "I am exhilarated by 
the early progress of Square One." 

Field House Named for Pescosolido 

The Academy's new $3.9 million field 
house will be named for Board of Trustees 
President Carl A. "Skip" Pescosolido, Jr. '55, by 
unanimous board vote, make unbeknownst to 

The trustees decided to name the facility, 
currently under construction, to honor 
Pescosolido's 20 years of service to the board — 
the last ten of which as president — and his 
leadership and gift to the successful Campaign 
for Governor Dummer Academy. (The final tally 
for the Campaign is $17,140,833, or more than 
$100,000 above the goal.) It also is a fitting 
tribute to Pescosolido who still is hailed as one 
of the best athletes in GDA history. As a stu- 
dent, he was captain of the football team and 
co-captain of the spring track team, racking up 
some seven personal records and two team 
records in track and field. The Ipswich native 
also was a member of the Harvard College foot- 
ball and track teams. The 48,000-square-foot 
field house is needed to provide adequate winter 
sports practice and game space for the 
Academy's nine winter indoor athletic teams. 
Construction has resumed after being "on hold" 
during the cold weather. 

U.S.S.R. meets G.D.A. 

About 30 high school students from the 
Soviet Union spent the night at the Academy 
April 1 as they made their way from New Hamp- 
shire to Washington, D.C. The students, visiting 
the U.S. through an exchange with Kearsarge 
Regional High School in New Hampshire, were 
offered "a night at an American prep school" by 
History Department Chairman David Williams. 
Mr. and Mrs. Williams had learned of the 
Soviets' U.S. trip through Kearsarge faculty 
member Joanne Tuxbury and her husband Dick 

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East to West: 

Visiting Soviet students pose with their GDA guides during their visit to the Academy. 

(GDA '64), who share the Williams' interest in 
the Soviet Union. The students, who are from 
Kiev, were assigned GDA students who acted as 
guides through afternoon classes, campus tours 
and athletics. The visitors were treated to a 
Music Guild concert and computer demonstra- 
tion in the evening, and spent the night in the 
dormitories. According to Mr. Williams, Soviet 
government funding for the American trip had 
been withdrawn because of the political turmoil 
there. Three Soviet businessmen, however, step- 
ped in to underwrite the visit, he said. 

Robbins Brings Still-Lifes to Life 

Art historian and collector Sam Robbins 
'41 will present his second art exhibit in the 
Carl Youngman Gallery at GDA's Kaiser Visual 
Arts Center, from May 5 through June 16. 

The exhibit, entitled 100 Years of 
American Still Life Painting 1865-1965, will 
feature 88 works by 48 artists including Ben- 
jamin Champney, Margaret Fitzhugh Browne, 
Robert Spear Dunning, John J. Enneking, 


This oil by R.S. Dunning is among 88 works 
in the 100 Years of Still-Life Painting 1865-1965 
exhibit at GDA beginning May 5. 

Abbott Graves, Marguerite S. Pearson, Jane 
Peterson, William J. Kaula, August Laux, E.C. 
Leavitt, Harley Perkins, C.P. Ream, A.J.H. Way, 
Abbie Zuill and Ellen Robbins. 

Last spring's White Mountain Painters 
1840-1936 exhibit, which Robbins brought to 
the Academy, was a great success, drawing 
thousands of visitors to GDA from all over the 

As he did last year, Robbins will describe 
the exhibit for visitors at specific times.. They 
are scheduled for May 7 at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 
p.m.; May 14 at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; May 31 
at 2:30 and 6:15 p.m. and June 15 at 2:30 and 
5:30 p.m. 

Students: "Au Revoir, Paris" 

A planned March Break trip to Paris fell 
victim to the Gulf War as faculty advisors and 
parents decided against subjecting the GDA 
students to the risk of international terrorism. 

Rather than cancelling plans altogether, 
advisors David and Laurel Abusamra substituted 
destinations and led the 18 students to the 
Caribbean island of Martinique. The students 
had to forego the Louvre and Sacre Coeur for 
sun and sand, but still, the Abusamras insist, 
were exposed to French — the island's predomi- 
nant language. 

GDA Recycles, Saves 

The first month of the campus-wide GDA 
Recycles program has produced more than a ton 
of newspaper and $156.42 in returnable can 
deposits, according to Business Manager Dick 
Savage. Acknowledging that the GDA community 
"is catching on" to the program, Savage says the 
proceeds from the returnables will contribute 
significantly to the recycling effort's becoming 
completely self-perpetuating. The program, 

which involves collections of paper, aluminum 
cans, plastic containers and colored glass at all 
campus buildings, has been averaging 640 alu- 
minum cans and approximately 300 pounds of 
newspapers per week. Also collected within the 
first month were 68 pounds of plastic contain- 
ers, 127 pounds of clear glass, 61 pounds of col- 
ored glass and 39.5 pounds of non-aluminum 

Savage also reports progress in gaining 
student and faculty participation in energy-saving 
programs on campus. Community awareness — 
and a milder season — have contributed to an 
$8,000 (or 12 percent) savings in fuel oil during 
the first six months of the school year as com- 
pared to last year. He notes that electricity use, 
too, is down, but costs are up $12,000 com- 
pared to last year. 

Steps being taken to reduce energy costs 
include the installation of motion sensors in all 
public rooms that will turn off lights when no 
activity is taking place there. Seven-day program- 
mable thermostats also are being installed in 
electrically heated buildings to regulate electrici- 
ty consumption in non-use times. These pro- 
jects, and installation of $70,000 in new and im- 
proved fluorescent lighting, are 100 percent 
funded by Massachusetts Electric Company. 

Academy Loses Weight 

The results are in for the 10-week "Weigh 
the Waste" program in the Dining Hall, and 
they're very good. Food Service Director David 
Weigel reports there has been a significant 
downward trend in food waste during the final 
seven weeks of the experiment. The program, 
involving weighing the waste at the tray return 
for one day each week, reduced waste by an 
average 288 pounds per week, Weigel said. Over 
a full school year, that represents a waste sav- 
ings of nearly five tons! Weigel estimates the 
cost savings on food alone at nearly $10,000 for 
the school year. "The students need reminding 
every once in a while," he said, explaining why 
he recently stationed himself at the tray return 
and handed out lollipops to those who had left 
no waste. "... And maybe a little incentive 
once in a while," he added'. 

GDA Holds Big Read-In 

April 22 and 23 marked the successful 
culmination of the new campus-wide Common 
Book Program, under which all students and 
faculty members read the same book and then 
join in group discussions with its author. 

Robert Sam Anson, author of Best Inten- 
tions, was the first author to participate in the 
new program. Anson discussed the social and 
historical issues broached in his non-fiction ac- 
count of a young black man who, between 
graduating from Exeter and entering Stanford 
University, was killed by police in a mugging 
incident in New York City. 

Wally Rowe, English Department chair- 
man, is leading the Common Book Program, 
which will encompass future readings in multiple 
academic disciplines including the sciences and 
the arts. 

Honor Society Inducts 14 

Fourteen juniors and seniors have been 
named to the Governor Dummer Honor Society 
in recognition of their contributions to the 
extracurricular life of the Academy. The new 
members are Nate Britton, Cathy Burgess, 
Nicole LaTour, Ash Mecca, Chuck Rodman, Kate 
Atkins, Miriam Brandt, Charisse Charley, Ana 
Garcia, Jackie Hogan, Grace Jeanes, Jed 
Murdoch, Mercedes Paul and Brook Whiting. 
Faculty members vote to induct students into 
the Honor Society because of exemplary talent 
in the arts, publications, athletics, student 
government and/or service. A faculty committee 
then makes the final selection. Each of the new 
Honor Society members received a pin at a for- 
mal GDA dinner and was recognized before the 
entire school. 

Annual Fund At Halfway Mark 

Annual Fund Chairman Timothy G. 
Greene '50 reports that $425,000 of the fund's 
June 30 goal of $650,000 has been received in 
cash and pledges. "Success is measured in both 
dollars and participation," he said. "Success 
breeds success," he said, adding, "Every person 
who contributes to the Annual Fund sets an 
example that encourages others to participate as 
well." As a practical matter, high levels of donor 
participation also allow Governor Dummer 
Academy to compete with other institutions for 
foundation grants. Contributing some 12 percent 
of the Academy's operating budget, the Annual 
Fund also makes it possible for Governor Dum- 
mer Academy to provide scholarships to 23 per- 
cent of its student body. From another point of 
view, the Annual Fund provides every student a 
$1,884 scholarship — the difference between tui- 
tion and the actual cost of a GDA education. 

Globe Honors Three Artists 

GDA's Lindsey Miller, Stephen Scully and 
Miles Van Rensselaer received honors in the 
41st Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards 
presented in March. Scully, a junior, was named 
a Blue Ribbon-winner for an untitled photo- 
graphic portrait, and therefore will compete with 
more than 20,000 other students for cash prizes 
and scholarships in the National Scholastic Art 
Awards in Philadelphia from July 15 to August 
16. Van Rensselaer, also a junior, won a Gold 
Key award for his self-portrait, painted in oil. 

Miller, a senior, received an Honorable Mention 
for her photograph of a barn. The competition 
is administered by the Cultural Education 
Collaborative and sponsored by the Boston 
Globe The program recognizes creative achieve- 
ment and encourages students to pursue studies 
in the visual arts. 


Recognized in the Boston Globe Scholastic 
Art Awards are an untitled portrait by Stephen 
Scully '92; 'The Chair!' by Lindsey Miller "91; 
and 'Self Portrait," by Miles Van Rensselaer 92. 

Thespians Make The Point 

The Academy Players presented Harry 
Nilsson's musical The Point to enthusiastic stu- 
dent and Allies Dinner Theater audiences 
February 21, 22 and 23 in Thompson 

The cast included Alanna Caffrey. Joshua 
Lappin. Anya Stagakis. Melissa Margarones, 
Kristen Jule, Anne Olney. Heather Iram. Judy 
Livingston, Jill Snee, Jen Noon, Brienne Bourn. 
Jackie Hogan. Amy Nicolo. Caren Lee, Sara Karp, 
Emily Keaney, Christopher Cini. Will Doheny. 
Beau Guyott, Penn Chapin, Derek Ambrosi. 
Randy Moore as. Mike Aron. and Easton Craft. 
Francisco D'Agostino was the plays producer. 
Drama master Bonnie Jean Wilbur was director. 
Alanna Caffrey was assistant director. Sean Scott 
was technical director and George Friedman was 
lighting designer. Also on the tech crow were 
Michelle Smith, Dana Ambrosi. Martha Lipchitz. 
Rahul Sivaprasad, Kris Carey and Trevor 
Tallmadge. Musicians included Jon Costello. Jeff 
Panall. Todd Amodeo and Ken Thibideau. Music 
master John Nichols was music director and Art 
master Roberta Britton was technical advisor. 

The Archon - Spring 1991 5 

On Campus 

Dramatic Point: 

Josh Lappin 92 takes center stage in the 
Academy Players' production of Harry Nilsson's 
The Point. 

Allies to Tee Off 

The GDA Allies Ninth Annual Golf and 
Tennis Classic will tee off Monday, May 13 
beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Essex County 
Club in Manchester. 

The event is the Allies' only opportunity 
to raise money for the Allies Scholarship Fund. 
The basic golf fee is $150 per person and in- 
cludes lunch, beverages, golf cart, greens fees, 
buffet dinner, reception and prizes. Hole spon- 
sorships are $275, and cart sponsors are $200, 
both including full participation. The tennis fee 
is $100, including everything but lunch (because 
it begins at 2 p.m.). Court sponsorship is $50 
for non-participants. Persons interested in play- 
ing or sponsoring should contact Allies Presi- 
dent Gerry Mack at GDA. 

Kittie Mercer Exhibits Wetlands Art 

GDA hosted a one-woman show featuring 
the color photographs and paintings of artist 
Kittie Mercer from March 29 through April 15 
in the Carl Youngman Gallery of the Academy's 
Kaiser Visual Arts Center. 

An April 5 reception for the exhibit, 
entitled "Wetlands, Autumn Light and Other 
Things, Degradable and Non-Degradable" drew 
a large and appreciative gathering at the gallery. 

"This exhibit grew from an awareness of 
the ephemeral qualities of the wetlands, autumn 
light and life itself, and of the lasting qualities of 
trivial objects damaging to nature," Mrs. Mercer 

said. Mrs. Mercer, whose work has been 
displayed in many one-person and group shows 
in New England and New York, retired in 1982 
after 15 years as GDA's instructor of studio art 
and art history and curator of the Parsons 
Schoolhouse Gallery. She arrived at the 
Academy in 1940 as the bride of venerated "Old 
Guard" faculty member Thomas McClary Mercer. 

Portrait of the Artist: 

Kittie Mercer (left) is joined by two 
succeeding Mercer generations at her one- 
woman GDA art show. Tb her left are grand- 
daughter Martha '95, son John '64, and 
daughter-in-law Florence (Mrs. John) Mercer. 

Students Time Up 

The Fine Arts Department will present an 
evening of eclectic music and dance April 26 at 
8 p.m. in Thompson Auditorium. Performances 
scheduled include: a piano quartet featuring Use 
Abusamra, David Mollov, Kurt Danielson and 
Jennifer Molloy; vocalists Lani Solomon, 
Charisse Charley, Emily Keaney and Jenn Noon; 
a sax trio featuring Jackie Hogan, Zane Kraft 
and Andy Vermeersch; jazz piano by Ken 
Thibideau; oboe by Miriam Brandt; tuba by 
Brandon Stasch; cello by Dierdre Heersink; a 
Gershwin selection by Randy Moore and 
Bethany Stewart; the Finale of Beethoven's 
Ninth by A.C.E.; The AVT's; The Academy 
Singers; and "An amazing dance/music ex- 
travaganza with The Big Wind and The Smith & 
Co. Dancers and Leslie McCant and Jill Hindle 
on vocals," according to department chairman 
Chris Stowens. 

Parents Fund Makes Final Push 

The Parents Fund is beginning its final 
push for the year. Setting the pace are parents 
of freshmen, who currently have an 85 percent 
participation rate. Chairs Ron and Jane Maheu 
P '92 '94 report cash and pledges of $66,000 
have been received toward the Fund's $110,000 
goal. Parents who have not made pledges — or 
were not reached by recent solicitations — will 
be re-contacted in the coming weeks. Barry 
Conway P'92, John Stevenson P'93 and Paul 
King P'94 are class chairs of their respective 

Senior Parents Aim for Chair 

The 1991 Senior Parents Fund has 
recorded 63 percent participation and has 
received cash and pledges of $66,000 toward its 
$120,000 goal, according to Creighton Gatchell, 
'91 Senior Parents Fund committee chairman. 
This year's Senior Parents Fund aims to provide 
the second half of the Young Master Chair 
endowment begun by the Class of '90 Parents. 
Mr. Gatchell believes the parents can achieve the 
goal of 100 percent participation, "which will 
demonstrate our support for everything the 
Academy has done for our children." 

Seabrook Fallout Reaches 

In response to the more than 40 GDA 
faculty members — and many others — pro- 
testing the licensing of the nearby Seabrook 
nuclear plant, newly elected Massachusetts At- 
torney General Scott Harshbarger has issued a 
statement saying he is appealing the license ap- 
proval case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 
GDA faculty members sent a letter to the 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission and owners of 
the Seabrook plant stating that they will refuse 
to act as marshals in the event an accident- 
related evacuation is necessary. The NRC 
evacuation plan assumes that GDA teachers will 
oversee the transportation of Academy students. 
The faculty members are protesting this assump- 
tion, claiming that they are not trained for such 
duty; are not employed by the NRC or the utili- 
ty company; that their first responsibilities are to 
their own families; and that the evacuation plan 
is not viable. An appeals court had ruled that 
the NRC that "the effectiveness of an emergency 
response plan need not be considered in order 
to decide that the plan provides adequate pro- 
tection to the health and safety of the public," 
Harshbarger said. The attorney general will seek 
to have that decision reversed. 

Student Art: 

Dana Ambrosi '91 discusses her Student Art 
Show exhibit with her parents, Thomas and 
Susan Ambrosi, and ceramics master Irina 
Okula (far left). 19) 

6 The Archon - Spring 1991 




recommend Tom very highly to 
you, but please don't try to change him too 
much. He has a fine way of preserving his 
integrity." It was with these slightly cryptic, 
highly accurate and prophetic words, writ- 
ten in 1966 by a junior high school guid- 
ance counselor, that young Thomas B. Nast 
was commended to the Governor Dummer 
Academy Class of 1970. 

Three years later, Governor Dummer 
had managed to change Nast a little, 
sometimes under protest; but so had Nast 
managed to change Governor Dummer a 
little. And today, at age 38, he still has a 
way of "preserving his integrity" while 
changing institutions, only now he does it 
by arguing cases before the Washington 
Supreme Court. 

The fact that you'll find no police 
sobriety roadblocks on Washington's road- 
ways is the result of Nast's legal arguments. 
So are precedents which establish the right 
to prompt access to court records and hold 
municipalities liable for negligent "911" call 
handling. An attorney in private practice in 
Seattle, Nast has to date brought five cases 
before the state supreme court, each time 
effectively forcing the state to change basic 
policies and procedures. 

Before anyone gets the idea that 
Nast's character can be defined by the label 
"attorney," it should be pointed out that he 
sees the law as "a part-time job," that he's 
also an avid automobile and motorcycle 
restorer and columnist, a private pilot, a 
national lawn bowling umpire, computer 
industry entrepreneur, performing member 
of an Indonesian music orchestra and 
husband and father of two. Perhaps the 
only label that suits him 
is iconoclast. 

Like most people who came of age 
during the tumultuous 1960s, Nast today 
carries profound effects of that era. During 
his three years at GDA, a war was raging in 
Southeast Asia as anti-war protests and 
race riots fractured America. Bobby 
Kennedy and Martin Luther King were 
assassinated, Richard Nixon was elected 
President and evidence that government 





Thomas B. Nast 70 

At 15: 

Tbm Nast as he entered GDA. 

could not be trusted was mounting rapidly. 
"Early feelings that something is horribly 
wrong with the government purporting to 
manage our country solidified during my 
almost three years at GDA. The murders at 
Kent State and Jackson State and the 
genocide in Vietnam left indelible marks 
on me and, I suspect, most of my class- 
mates," says Nast. "The present generation 
probably cannot understand the signifi- 
cance of our government's behavior and 
the distrust it instilled in a generation." 

Nast's distrust for institutions and 
conventions, naturally, was directed toward 
both the larger national and international 
bodies and the smaller ones — GDA 
included. He became an outspoken advo- 
cate of change on campus, challenging 
mandatory athletics, dress codes and other 
long-held policies that he found antiquated 
and irrelevant. Among the rules "that 
suffered modification at my protest," he 
says, was one requiring all students to be 
clean-shaven. "I changed that one single- 

History master Bill Sperry, then 
Nast's advisor, noted the faculty's exasper- 
ation with Nast in his winter term grade 
report: "Tom's academic standing has actu- 
ally improved over the course of the winter 
term — a real tribute to his native ability 
and to the fair-mindedness of his teachers. 
He has deeply involved himself in drama- 
tics and taken up the cause of school 
reform with religious fervor. ... On the 
whole, his attitude this winter has been 
openly negative and bitterly critical toward 
the school and education in general — at 
times it has been extremely hard to get 
rational responses from him on issues 
which he feels are 'non-negotiable' At the 
same time, paradoxically, he has fulfilled his 
school obligations in areas that he con- 
siders worthwhile with extreme compe- 
tence . . . This attitude leads him to take 
academic direction only when it suits him, 
to dispute any rule if it violates his stan- 
dard and to demand change of the entire 
structure of the school to suit his concep- 
tions." Sperry, like many in authority feel- 
ing the nettle of the "generation gap," 
nonetheless betrayed some admiration for 
the young rabblerouser: "Tom is indeed a 
rare person — you learn to like him in 
spite of disliking many of his attitudes." As 
an aside, he also notes his appreciation for 
Nast's assistance in installing a new record 

"I viewed my role as taking authority 
down a peg and exposing the emperor's 
clothes," Nast says. 

In April of his senior year. Nast 
found the limits of his protestations when 

continued on page 16 

The Archon - Spring 1991 7 

The Academy as R & D Lab: 

The Fulfillment and Promise of Science 2000 


.esearch on an experimental 
system that could revolutionize agriculture 
by growing crops in the world's deserts. 
Permanent installation of a research station 
that will monitor the health of the Parker 
River. Students publishing the results of 
their research in scientific journals. 

The activities of a major university? 
The research and development arm of an 
industrial corporation? No. These examples 
represent only a portion of the work cur- 
rently underway in Governor Dummer 
Academy's SCIENCE 2000 project. While 
the realm of research and development 
traditionally have been the jealously guarded 
territory of industry and higher education, 
the SCIENCE 2000 program has allowed 
GDA to stretch far beyond the expectation 
of secondary school science programs. And 
that's just the beginning. 

Governor Dummer and Tufts Univer- 
sity are collaborating in the multi-year 
SCIENCE 2000 project that will develop 
new methods of teaching the sciences to 
secondary school students. The pilot pro- 
gram, made possible by grants from the 
H. Dudley Wright Foundation of Geneva, 
Switzerland, began with a series of 
meetings at GDA last September. In Sept- 
ember, 1991, Governor Dummer students 
will take their first SCIENCE 2000 course. 

"Many scientists, educators and cor- 
porations feel that America is educating a 
generation of citizens who lack the scien- 
tific literacy necessary to compete in a 
modern technological world," said GDA 
Headmaster Peter W Bragdon, pointing to 
recent studies that place the U.S. last 
among developed nations in science educa- 
tion. One study ranked U.S. high school 
students 14th in science among 17 in- 
dustrialized nations. 

"SCIENCE 2000 was developed by 
our science faculty as a response to waning 
interest in science among high school 
pupils in this country," said Bragdon. Only 
1.5 percent of American college freshmen 
now intend to major in chemistry or 
physics — half the number of 20 years ago 
— and one out of three doctorates in the 
natural sciences and engineering in 1988 
was awarded to a foreign student. It is 
estimated that by the year 2000 the U.S. 
will need as many as 750,000 more biol- 
ogists, chemists, physicists and engineers 
than it is expected to produce. 

"We've always had a tradition at 
Governor Dummer of having lab-based 
discovery courses in the sciences," said 
science department chairman and 
SCIENCE 2000 director Stephen Metz. 
"What SCIENCE 2000 will do is take that 
to the next level." Rather than the "pre- 
packaged" courses employed by most 
secondary schools, SCIENCE 2000 takes 


Inventor, innovator H. Dudley Wright, whose 
foundation is underwriting SCIENCE 2000. 

"a non-linear approach" that allows 
students to "follow the areas of their 
interest" without the constraints of the 
biology, chemistry and physics labels that 
traditionally have separated the sciences. 
Students will investigate and study units 
within the sciences that incorporate several 
disciplines; energy, for example, will be 
approached from the aspects of physics, 
chemistry, biology and earth and 
space science. 

H. Dudley Wright 

While not a Governor Dummer alum- 
nus himself, Dudley Wright has maintained 
connections to the Academy throughout his 
life, first through childhood friend Benjamin 
Proctor Joy '37, and later through friend 
Jonathan Strater '67. An inventor and inno- 
vator himself, Wright had been looking for 
an original and promising project that could 
benefit from his foundation's underwriting. 

Hearing Metz' plans convinced Wright that 
SCIENCE 2000 was a worthy recipient. 

As might be expected from someone 
of Wright's hands-on style, however, Wright 
is not content to be a distant benefactor — 
a fact that Bragdon and Metz credit for the 
program's early successes. In addition to 
meeting regularly with Bragdon and Metz 
and consulting on the development of 
science curricula, Wright has provided the 
Academy with the rare opportunity to 
participate in research and development 
concurrent with professional labs on his 
latest invention: membrane farming. 

Membrane farming is an elegantly 
simple approach to conserving the Earth's 
water resources through the use of syn- 
thetic irrigation tubes. As opposed to 
sprinklers and "drip irrigation" systems, the 
tubular membrane provides plants with 
water and fertilizer on an on-demand basis 
only; no water is wasted in dampening the 
soil around the plant. The membrane 
system operates with low water pressure so 
that water does not weep into the soil. The 
membrane's semi-permeable construction, 
however, allows plants, which wrap their 
roots around it, to draw nutrients 
by osmosis. 

"Seventy-two percent of the Earth's 
fresh water supply is used for farming," 
Wright said. "With membrane farming, we 
can save 75 percent of that." The implica- 
tions of the system go much further. Mem- 
brane farming eliminates the need for 
widespread use of herbicides and fertilizers 
that, through saturation watering, would be 
carried into the watertable, polluting soil 
and groundwater. Wright's system also 
allows for farming in the most arid condi- 
tions, where water is scarce and the soil is 
as non-nutritive as sand. Because weeds 
cannot grow in the inhospitable conditions 
beyond the reach of the membrane, the 
need for herbicides is further reduced. 

While scientists at Wright's Orbiterre 
Corporation continue their testing and 
development of the membrane system, so 
will Governor Dummer students and 
science faculty members. The Schumann 
Science Center's greenhouse will be outfit- 
ted with Wright's membrane irrigation 
system, and vegetation will be planted, 
observed and charted to determine growth 
rate, water use and other factors. According 
to Metz, a study of sunlight in the green- 

8 The Archon - Spring 1991 


Science Department Chairman Stephen Metz demonstrates the use of computers in chemistry for 
students Elizabeth Smith '91 and Matthew Remis '92. 

house already has begun in preparation for 
full-scale use of the membrane system 
in September. 

The project, entitled Reclaiming the 
Deserts, "is in keeping with the goals of 
SCIENCE 2000," Metz said, explaining that 
the membrane farming project will permit 
students to study the "physics of the mem- 
branes, the chemistry of fertilization and 
the biology of plant growth." 

Parker River Research Station 

Wright also is providing funding for 
the construction of a permanent monitor- 
ing station on the nearby Parker River, 
Metz said. As the course of study is 
designed, students will continually measure 
the river's dissolved oxygen content, pH 
(acidity), salinity and nitrate and phosphate 
levels. These readings will "provide a 
measure of the river's health as well as its 
pollution levels." In addition, he said, 
students also will be working "in the field 
with portable test kits" to provide 
other measurements. 

Rather than a short-term study, this 
long-term project will allow successive 
classes of students to obtain a larger view 
of the effects of fertilizers, sewage systems 
and acid rain on the entire river system. 
"Each year students can build on what's 
been done before," Metz said. 

The work of the Parker River Research 
Station will not remain within the GDA 
classroom, however. The study's results will 
be written into articles by students and 
faculty members and provided to public 
health and estuary management authorities 
as well as scientific journals, Metz said. 

Preliminary work on the river study 
already has been done by science master 
James Larsen's ecology classes and Metz' 

advanced chemistry class. Metz said he ex- 
pects that the permanent research station 
will begin operation in September. 

First Pupils 

GDA's class of 1995, which enters the 
Academy as freshmen in September, 1991, 
will be the first to enter the SCIENCE 
2000 program officially. "They will discover 
the connections among chemistry, physics, 
biology and earth and space science 
through field studies and using newly ex- 
panded microcomputer labs," said Metz. 
Currently in use in science master David 
Moore's physics classes, the interactive 
microcomputers will be provided for all 
students' use in the other sciences as well. 
Tufts professor Ron Thornton developed 
the microcomputer-based curriculum, Metz 
said, and has conducted studies to demon- 
strate that students learn and retain more 
information through its use. 


GDA's Larsen, the associate director 
and technology adviser of the SCIENCE 
2000 project, has developed an interactive 
"HyperCard stack" within the computer 
system to allow students to develop their 
own data base of information relating to a 
study of termites. Like the river study, 
classes' research is being accumulated so 
that each new class can build on the 

results of previous study. "They won't be 
continually reinventing the wheel," Metz 
said, adding that the approach "is similar 
to the way research is done in industry." 

The science department also is 
investigating other "cutting edge" tech- 
nology to advance scientific study and 
make it more meaningful to students, ac- 
cording to Metz. Video disk and CD-ROM 
data retrieval systems currently are being 
integrated into GDA science classes. 

Collaborative Learning 

In a less high-tech, but nonetheless 
innovative area, the SCIENCE 2000 team 
also is working with members of other 
GDA academic departments on a Collab- 
orative Learning project. Stated simply, this 
program is "developing ways that group 
learning can be used in the classroom," 
Metz said. 

"When students work together with a 
shared goal, they learn better?' said Metz, 
underscoring the importance of the team 
approach. The 10 faculty members from 
the science, history, mathematics, fine arts 
and English departments working together 
to adopt the "lab" premise, long used in 
science education, that "the sense of 
cooperation among students leads to better 
learning than the spirit of competition." 

"There's a good model in industry," 
Metz said. "Very few in industry will work 
alone on a project; they have to develop 
the skills of working within a group, 
including communication and leadership." 
Also behind the team approach, he said, is 
the theory that "you learn something best 
by having to communicate it and teach it 
to others." Working with GDA on the 
Collaborative Learning program are univer- 
sity scientists Dr. Frances Chew of Tufts 
and Dr. Gillian Puttick of Northeastern, 
who have attended a series of workshops 
on the subject with Academy faculty' members. 

The Effects 

"Colleges want students who have a 
sense of excitement about science, not 
necessarily a broader background in 
science," said Metz. "The excitement about 
SCIENCE 2000 is everywhere," he said, 
"among both the faculty and students. It is 
very unusual for a secondary school to 
have the opportunities given us by Dudley 
Wright to be at the forefront of science 
education. I can't think of anyplace that 
has the opportunities we have to take the 
leadership role in science education in 
this country." 

"Governor Dummer Academy owes 
Dudley Wright a great debt of gratitude," 
said Bragdon. ra 

The Archon - Spring 1991 9 




.oward F. Stirn '41 has spent a 
lifetime doing surprising things. 

It is a trait that Headmaster Ted 
Eames noticed immediately: "Our 
chemistry course is one of the most dif- 
ficult courses in the school, and the pro- 
portion of failures in this course is pro- 
bably as high as any single course we 
have," he wrote to Stirn's parents in 
December, 1940. "It is interesting to see 
that it is in this course that Howard is 
receiving his best grade." 

A self-described poor student before 
he arrived at Governor Dummer, Stirn has 
spent much of his life as an educator, 
building public aquariums in Cleveland, 
Niagara Falls and Mystic, CT. A native of 
Staten Island and long-term Cleveland resi- 
dent, he has been a Colorado rancher — 
and a vociferous conservationist — for 
most of the last 24 years. A trained 
physicist, he also is an accomplished 
nature photographer. 

The fact that Howard Stirn has been 
successful isn't surprising; the areas in 
which he has chosen to excel are. 

"My grades were horrible" at Staten 
Island Academy, Stirn says, though his ear- 
ly transcript doesn't read so dismally. "It 
has been very difficult for this school to in- 
terest Howard in his scholastic work," the 
Staten Island headmaster wrote to Eames. 
"Books and classroom experiences have 
not interested him." In his interview notes, 
Eames noted the true problem: "Too many 
outside interests at home to study much at 

Stirn tells a story that might explain 
a little more: "... I held the record at the 
Staten Island Academy for the most 
headmaster-confiscated waterpistols. I 
believe he had a carton of about 50, but it 
really became a game between the two of 
us. Many of my school friends, when they 
became tired of their water cannons, would 
give them to me to dispose of. I just put 
them in my back pocket so that they were 
readily seen, and within an hour or so the 
headmaster took them off my hands." 

10 The Archon - Spring 1991 

A Lifetime 
of Surprises 

Howard F. Stirn '41 

i I 

Under the tutelage of masters Tom 
Mercer, Ben Stone and Buster Navins, 
Stirn's academic fortunes improved marked- 
ly. "All of a sudden, I realized I could get 
good grades," he says. (It is in recognition 
of this fact that Stirn has endowed the first 
Senior Master Chair in the name of Buster 
Navins.) "I don't know what happened. 
Something clicked." Whatever it was, it 
"clicked" to the point where Eames could 
write, "During the spring term, Howard 
improved every single one of his grades. 
This is a rather unusual achievement. 
Furthermore, Howard had final examination 
grades in the honor column in every sub- 
ject but German, where it was satisfactory. 
This is a remarkably good way to end one's 
school careeif 

Stirn's school career would not end 
there, however. Following a family tradition, 
he attended Amherst before joining the 

Navy "rather than getting drafted." The 
Navy sent him to midshipman's school at 
Notre Dame and then assigned him to war- 
time duty as a navigator on a seaplane 
tender in the Pacific. Lieutenant (jg) Stirn 
spent two years on that 265-foot ship that, 
he now laughs, carried about 500,000 
gallons of gasoline. 

Next came what many would have 
called the opportunity of a lifetime: in 
1946, as he was completing his obligation 
to the Navy, Stirn was asked to be the 
navigator on Admiral Richard Byrd's first 
expedition to Antarctica. "I'd sort of had it 
at that point," Stirn says today, noting that 
he harbors "some regret" about declining 
the offer. 

Instead, Stirn returned to school — 
back to Amherst, where he needed "one 
more credit" for his physics degree, and on 
to Columbia for a course in a new field: 
nuclear physics. He had been studying 
hydrodynamics and thermodynamics, he 
says. "I had no real aspirations; I just knew 
I wanted to be on the technical end of 

"After the war, I had a few jobs. I had 
my choice between selling shoes in Boston 
or working for John A. Roeblings, a distant 
relative" who was responsible for building 
the Brooklyn Bridge, among other things. 
From 1947 to 1955, he worked in new pro- 
duct development and as a senior engineer, 
leaving Roeblings only when the company 
was sold to Colorado Fuel and Iron. 

Stirn's wife Cara then convinced him 
to move to her hometown — Cleveland — 
where he worked in new product develop- 
ment at Preformed Wire Products, a com- 
pany that produced "a patented line of 
hardware made of wire for electrical 
utilities. They hired me because I knew 
about wire-drawing." He quickly became 
frustrated in his attempts to work his way 
up in the company, however, "because [the 
owning] family members had all the spots." 

It was at this time that Stirn began 
eating his lunch at the Cleveland 
Aquarium, which was situated in an old 
fieldhouse overlooking Lake Erie. He 
attempted to get a job at the Cleveland 
Museum of Natural History, where Cara was 
working, but found that all positions were 

"Our Wyoming Home" A photograph of the Stims' Jackson Hole home, by Howard Stim. 

occupied or given to "members of the 
Junior League." Stirn recalls, "I got to 
know the director of the aquarium, and I 
did some literature search for them" on a 
problem that intrigued him: keeping 
saltwater fish in an artificial environment. 

Stirn remembers that the aquarium 
director "had had enough" of the 
bureaucracy surrounding his public facility 
and conducted a market study to deter- 
mine the prospects for a new profit-making 
aquarium in Niagara Falls. "He told me 
about it," says Stirn, "and we went around 
and talked to a few people to raise money 
while I was still working in downtown 
Cleveland." Stirn took a two-month leave of 
absence from his job and designed a 
saltwater environment for the new facility, 
and thus was born Aquarium Systems, Inc., 
of which Stirn has been chairman for 27 

"It grew and grew and grew," Stirn 
says, "and then we built another aquarium 
in Mystic." From the very beginning of the 
aquarium venture, Stirn says, he has been 
"interested in education and research, 
rather than pure amusement." In order to 
further the educational aspects, Aquarium 
Systems spun off a new nonprofit entity, 
the Sea Research Foundation, in 1973. 

Now, in addition to the aquariums, 
the company sells equipment for teaching 
and breeding saltwater fish, publishes 
books and produces artificial coral and 
artificial seawater. Stirn explains that his In- 
stant Ocean product is used almost univer- 
sally by aquariums and laboratories that 
need to "eliminate all the variables of 
seawater and mix a standard seawater solu- 
tion." Through plants in the United States, 
France and the Philippines, the company 
also produces the world's only artificial cor- 
al—a non-toxic simulation made of epoxy. 

The research being conducted under 
the auspices of the foundation, Stirn says, 
includes a study to determine why por- 
poises rarely contract cancer — a question 
that could be of vast significance to 

humans. "We were also breeding tropical 
fish and lobsters in captivity just to prove it 
could be done," he says with a laugh. They 
did, indeed, prove it could be done, but 
Stirn adds that "the price has to be way up 
there before it becomes economical." 

Complementing his aquarium work, 
Stirn also began a new venture to produce 
boats. Bluefin Marine produced a single 
model, called the Bluefin 26, a 26-foot 
sportfishing boat, which Stirn used for, 
among other things, collecting porpoises. 
The venture was to be short-lived, however, 
as a result of the 1972 energy crisis and 
Stirn's concerns for its effects on the boat 

Over the last 24 years, Stirn has ex- 
panded his horizons to include Jackson 
Hole, WY. "My wife had been in Jackson 
Hole as a child, with her parents," he says, 
explaining that Cara "had been trying for 
years to get me out there. But I preferred 
the ocean. We even sent our daughter out 
there before I got there," he laughs. Once 
there, however, "I fell in love with it." And, 
as a result, the Stirns began an annual trip 
there, to the R-Lazy-S Ranch on the 
southern border of Grand Teton National 
Park. Eventually, Stirn wound up buying 
the ranch from the family that has run it 
— and continues to run it — since 1947. 

A write-up in the July, 1981 edition of 
Tbwn & Country magazine reads, "Set at 
the base of the Tetons on the banks of the 
Snake River in Jackson Hole is the R-Lazy- 
S, a truly great old-school dude ranch." 
Stirn says the 285-acre ranch regularly 
accommodates 45 guests and 21 staff 
members who ride his 75 to 85 horses, fish 
and "tube" in the Snake River and enjoy 
the spectacular scenery that includes elk, 
moose, buffalo, antelope and deer. 

Stirn's love for the Wyoming 
wilderness has led to the development of 
two other interests: wildlife preservation 
and photography. The former chairman of 
the Institute for Environmental Education, 
advisor to the Jackson Hole Land Trust 

and trustee of the Jackson Hole Alliance, 
Stirn is making his feelings known about 
the disappearing wilderness. The Jackson 
Hole Alliance "started out as a grassroots 
organization, and now has more than 
1,000 members looking after the whole 
area," Stirn says. Beginning with the 
"masterplan" for the Jackson Hole region, 
the group has forced local governments to 
adhere to low- and no-development plans 
that will keep the area "from becoming 
another Aspen." "Now we're looking at the 
national forest, the wilderness, the sewage 
systems — just about everything." 

Stirn's nature photography has 
earned him awards, recognition and several 
one-man shows in both Wyoming and 
Ohio. "I put together slide shows, often 
with musical backgrounds," he explains. 
The most-requested, he says, is his collec- 
tion of Jackson Hole scenic photographs. 
Stirn's 35 millimeter pictures, which are 
"abstract and nature-oriented," with "deep 
saturated colors," have won numerous 
awards in juried shows around the country. 
Cara Stirn maintains a similar interest in 
nature and wildlife, and expresses it 
through watercolor and acrylic paintings. 
The work of both the Stirns has been 
featured in two books by Maxine 

When he's not overseeing the 
aquariums or the ranch or pursuing his 
photographic interests, Stirn often is con- 
tributing his skills to benefit Clevelands 
Hawken School, where he is an 18-year 
board member and former chairman, and 
the Cleveland Society for the Blind, where 
he is a 10-year trustee. "I try to take some 
time to smell the roses," says Stim, noting 
that "I've been lucky in that I've been able 
to arrange my business life" around his 
varied personal and professional interests. 
Still, it seems, Stirn's life does not slow 
down. In acknowledgement of this fact, he 
says, he recently resigned from the Hawken 
board because of time constraints. "It just 
isn't fair to them," he says. 

If Stirn has some surprising traits, it 
may be because he comes from a long line 
of surprising people. As he proudly ex- 
plains, his father recently reached age 101. 
having celebrated his 75th Amherst reun- 
ion and taking his place among the col- 
lege's oldest alumni. "My father was born 
in 1890," says Stirn. "when the life expec- 
tancy was 47.5 years." Stirn's grandfather 
lived to be 99, and great-grandfather lived 
to be 97. So it should come as no surprise 
to see Howard Stirn, who celebrates his 
50th Governor Dummer reunion this year, 
at his 75th Governor Dummer reun- 
ion .. . in 2015. £3 

The Archon - Spring 1991 11 

Reunion '91: Remember When...? 


Lt was some time before 65 couples 
attended the first Milestone Dance to be 
held in the new Cobb Room. It was before 
the Senior Sing on Sunset Hill and the 
dedication of the Perry Room. It was dur- 
ing the spring of 1941 that Archon editor 
David Goodhart wrote, "As seniors are 
preparing to leave school, they should 
remember the importance of maintaining 
connections with their school, and they 
should also look forward to the invaluable 
associations which they will make in col- 
lege. It is a well-known fact that the right 
associations can do more in furthering the 
progress of a person than almost any other 
one individual factor" 


Spring sports captains Gushing Strout, 
tennis; John Eshelman, lacrosse; Bruce King, 
track; Guy Nichols, baseball; and Arthur 
Wellman ('42), golf. 

While Goodhart probably wasn't pro- 
jecting half a century into the future then, 
he and his classmates will almost certainly 
reflect on that premise when they return to 
GDA on June 14, 15 and 16 for the Class 
of 1941's fiftieth reunion. 

The Class of '41 celebration carries 
special significance because of the other 
events that were happening around the 
time of their graduation. On May 17, 1941, 
for example, the Academy's first Alumni 
Association was formed. In recognition of 
this fact, the Class of '41 decided to make 
its class gift a donation to the Association. 
And, in that same Archon issue, Goodhart 
wrote, "... But the school and an associa- 
tion cannot do everything; those who have 
graduated must take the initiative to main- 
tain their interest in the Academy 

The Class of '41 also recognized 
another benchmark in Governor Dummer 
history: they dedicated the 1941 Milestone 
to Walter H. Kilham, architect for what was 
then called "The New Building" — later to 
become the Phillips Building. Directly after 
the June 5 Senior Sing on Sunset Hill, the 

reception hall in "the New Building . . . was 
dedicated to the memory of the Reverend 
Carroll Perry, a former trustee of the 
Academy." Addressing the school at the 
ceremonies was Dr. Lewis Perry, principal 
of Phillips Exeter Academy. 

While Phillips would continue to be 
known as "The New Building" until 1944, 
the Dining Hall and living room within it 
were dedicated on Alumni Day, May 17, 
1941, in honor of former faculty members 
William Jacob and Philip Cobb, respec- 
tively. Students already had made use of 
the new Cobb Room, of course, and that 
May 24 began the tradition of holding the 
annual Milestone Dance there. 

During the 178th commencement 
exercises on June 6, John Eshelman re- 
ceived the Academy's highest award, the 
Morse Flag, and Art Sager's Glee Club 
presented its final concert of the year in 
Lang Gym (later to become the Schumann 
Science Center). 

The Rev. Boynton Merrill of the Se- 
cond Church in Newton addressed the 
graduates, and Trustees president James 
Duncan Phillips distributed diplomas to the 
70 seniors and two postgraduates. David 
Goodhart was named recipient of the 
Master's Prize "for unselfishness and sport- 
smanship," and Sewall Strout, Jr. was 
awarded the Thomdike Hilton Cup for his 
top scholastic standing. Graduate Paul 
Morgan received a special prize at gradua- 
tion "because his high scholarship and his 
improvement as a boy are the result of his 
expecting the most of himself." Richard 
Wyman, too, was presented with a special 
prize whose inscription read, in part, "[he 
is] at once an artist and a hockey captain, 
proficient in diverse strange dialects with 


Debating Club members Robert Hadley, 
Charles McLaughlin ('47), Doug Miller, George 
Duffy, Harry Lowell ('47) and Peter Wiles. 

which he entertains himself and others, an 
enthusiastic and whole-hearted participant 
in a wide variety of activities." 

Graduation was followed by a meeting 
between Ted Eames' baseball team and 
rival Deerfield on Morse Field, tea on the 
Mansion House lawn and dinner in a tent, 
again on Morse Field. 

More Firsts 

The Class of 1946, which celebrates 
its forty-fifth reunion this June, has its own 
set of "firsts." Their graduation — the 
Academy's 183rd — marked the first time 
since the beginning of World War II that 
GDA scheduled a traditional two-day com- 
mencement. Restrictions on travel and 
overnight lodging had forced the shorten- 
ing of the ceremonies during the war years. 
Even still, many 1946 graduates' families 
spent the night before graduation at nearby 


The Frost Building under construction. 

During their final year, the Class of 
'46 managed to break free of the war's pall. 
Master William Traver took 26 boys on 
their first post-war ski trip that February, 
while a group of 30 made the trip to 
Boston's Symphony Hall to hear Jascha 
Heifetz. A listing of the films shown on 
campus during 1946 leaves no doubt of the 
war's influence: G.I. Joe, Pride of the 
Marines and Anchors Aweigh. 

The campus, too, was undergoing a 
major change. In November, 1945, the 
Trustees had voted to begin construction of 
a new brick dormitory, to be named for 
former headmaster Charles Ingham. By 
graduation, 1946, the building, costing an 
extraordinary $150,000, was nearly 

The Milestone Dance on May 4 was 
the year's biggest social event, as couples 

12 The Archon - Spring 1991 


Enjoying the Glee Club dance are 
(from left) George Starbuck 57, George Cadigan 
'57, Mike Tyler 57, Richard King 56 and 
Bud Hadley '56. 

danced in the Cobb Room until midnight 
to the strains of Ken Reeves' orchestra. 

The Rev. Wallace W. Anderson of the 
State Street Congregational Church of 
Portland, ME, gave the commencement 
address that year, as Edgar Potter Maxson 
won the Morse Flag and George E. Duffy 
won the Master's Prize. Named recipient of 
the Thomdike Hilton Cup was Brewster 

A New Venue 

The Class of 1951 was the first 
graduating class to have its commencement 
dinner held in Alumni Gymnasium, which 
was new that year. Previously, the dinner 
on the eve of graduation had been held in 
a large tent on the athletic field, where 
participants had been subjected to the 
elements. Moving into the gym, however, 
meant limiting the number of participants, 
and Headmaster Eames was compelled to 
write to previous guests, "... owing to 
limitations of space, instead of having a 
'community dinner' as in the past, we can 
invite only the 'school family.' This group 
includes the student body and their 
parents, the present trustees, faculty and 
staff, and special guests of the graduating 
class. Others we cannot continue to invite 
to the Commencement Dinner" 

Among the subjects of interest on 
campus in 1951 was "Merc-o-grams," 
master Tom Mercer's weekly 25-word 
vocabulary tests taken by students, faculty 
members and faculty spouses. "While the 
students are struggling to pass," the Archon 
reported, "the faculty seems to be having 
no trouble at all." 

The Class of 1951 also got some 
good news from the Massachusetts Institute 
of Technology: "The record made by 
Academy graduates at the Institution in 
recent years justified easing the admission 
requirements for future graduates. Under 
the new arrangement, Governor Dummer 
graduates standing in the upper fifth of 
their class, and receiving the headmaster's 

recommendation, will not be required to 
take the College Entrance Examination 
Board test required of most students." 

George E. McGregor, Jr. was 
presented the Morse Flag at the 188th 
commencement that year, along with the 
commendation from the headmaster: 
"President of the senior class, George is 
the acknowledged leader of the student 
body. This boy's success both in scholar- 
ship and athletics is owing more to sus- 
tained effort than to natural ability. His 
leadership, too, is based firmly on hard 
work, absolute dependability and good- 
natured friendliness and tact in his rela- 
tions with other people. There is nobody in 
school of whom we are more proud than 
George McGregor" 


All decked out for the Milestone Dance are 
(l-r) Peter Boynton, Steve Sawyer, Alan Booth, 
Tbm Woodruff, John Lowe, Tbny Bauman, 
Chuck Vaughn, Peter Eaton. 

William Bridges was named recipient 
of the Master's Prize, and his father, the 
president of the American Board of com- 
missioners for Foreign Missions, was among 
the Friday night commencement speakers. 
The Goodwin Athletic Prize that year went 
to Malcolm Davidson, and the Thorndike 
Hilton Cup was awarded to George D. 

For its senior class gift, the Class of 
'51 presented the Academy with a new 
16-milimeter film projector, replacing an old 
silent projector. 


Milestone staff members (from left) Jack 
Wellman, Bob Bumham, Minshall Strater, Peter 
Hicks, editor David Tinker. Roy Hope David 
Richards, Andy Leonard and Simeon Hyde 

Still Building 

By the Academy's 193rd commence- 
ment in 1956, a fund "for a new building 
to occupy the Perkins site" had reached 
$600,000, just short of the $650,000 goal. 
The drive — the largest in Academy history 
— had begun at commencement, 1955, for 
what would become the Frost Library and 
Classroom Building. 


Justin Doyle is awarded the Morse Flag at 

The commencement edition of the 
Archon reported on the Milestone Dance of 
May 5, for which the girls stayed in the 
dormitories and the boys camped out in 
Alumni Gym. After beating Tabor in base- 
ball and MIT freshmen in lacrosse, the 
partygoers enjoyed a steak dinner in the 
Dining Hall and then turned to the Cobb 
Room, where "Mr. and Mrs. Eames, Mr. 
and Mrs. Livingston and Jim Healy of the 
Dance Committee received the girls. Ralph 
Stuart provided some excellent music and 
thrilled the dancers with several arrange- 
ments played on a unique steel guitar." 
Alas, the Archon concluded, the buses 
came to retrieve the girls at noon the 
following day. 

The commencement speaker for '56 
was Dr. Ronald P. Bridges, father of Daniel 
Bridges '56 and William Bridges '51. Dr. 
Bridges, who had spoken at the '51 com- 
mencement, by then had become chief of 
religious information for the United States 
Information Agency. 

Herbert H. Hodos was named the 
1956 recipient of the Morse Flag, while 
Joel Nichols won the Academy Prize. 

continued on page 17 
The Archon - Spring 1991 13 

GDA Sports 


Winter 1991 was a "building year" for 
most Governor Dummer varsity athletic teams, 
according to their coaches. The winter teams 
placed four GDA athletes on Independent 
School League All-League teams and saw two 
others named All-League All-Stars. 

Women's Basketball 

The women's basketball ended the season 
with an even 6-6 ISL record (6-9 overall), which 
was good enough to place it fifth in the 13-team 
league. One team member, four-year letter- 
winner Catherine Tuthill, earned a place on the 
ISL All-League squad. Among the team's con- 
sistentiy outstanding players were captains Leslie 
McCant and Leah Colangelo. Coach Susan 
Childs chose junior Amy Hill as winner of the 
annual Coach's Award, while teammates named 
her captain of next year's team. Senior 
Catherine Burgess received recognition as the 
team's most improved player. 


The wresding team "met our goals" with 
a young, injury-plagued team, winding up with a 
5-6-1 season, according to coach Barry Graham. 
Captain Jason Uttam was tapped to receive the 
Academy's first annual Heb Evans Award, given 
in the name of the late GDA master, coach and 
"father of GDA wrestling." The award recognizes 
Uttam's four-year dedication and "pursuit of ex- 
cellence in wresding." Seniors Aaron Dibble and 
Brad Panoff, who placed third in their weight- 
classes in the Graves-Kelsey Tournament, were 
named Most Valuable Players, and juniors Nick 
LaPierre and Rusty Chase were named next 
year's co-captains. 

Ready to Strike: 

Saiyid Brent '94 chooses his moment to take 
down his opponent. 

Nordic Skiing 

Snow — or the lack thereof — was been 
the bane of the nordic skiing team again this 
season. Nevertheless, both the men's and 
women's teams placed second in the season's on- 
ly meet, against several other schools at 
Lawrence Academy. Men's MVP Rory Cohen 
paced the men's team, followed by Jed Murdoch, 

14 The Archon - Spring 1991 

Air Simons: 

Volleyball captain, MVP and league All-Star 
Dede Simons '91. 

while women's MVP Nellie Godfrey cinched the 
women's second-place showing. Coach James 
Larsen cited Erin Elwell, rise Abusamra and 
Alexandria Vincent as being among the team's 
top skiers. Elwell and Murdoch were elected 
captains of next year's squad. 

Men's Hockey 

The men's hockey team concluded its 
season with an 11-11 overall record, 7-9 in 
league competition, for a sixth-place league 
standing. The team, which coach Larry Piatelli 
said "had talent," will graduate only five seniors 
this year, which bodes well for 1992. Co-captain 
Brian Novelline was named to the ISL All- 
League team and was named co-MVP with 
senior David Graichen. Junior Chris Ruggiero 
was named recipient of the Paul Wasson Award 
for his dedication to the team, and also was 
elected captain of next year's team. Mr. Piatelli 
also noted strong contributions from Chris 
TViko, co-captain Andy Tanton and Todd Graff. 

Women's Hockey 

The women's hockey team had a 
disappointing winless season which coach 
Kristen Snyder said "is not indicative of their 
spirit and accomplishments." The women had a 
strong showing against number-one-ranked St. 
George's on Feb. 2, losing in an overtime duel. 
Junior Lisa Widdecke earned a spot on the ISL 
All-League team and was named co-MVP with 
junior Grace Jeanes, with whom she'll captain 
next year's team. Junior Deirdre Heersink was 
the team's high-scorer, while junior Pam Kurtz 
was a steady contributor. 

Men's Basketball 

The men's basketball had a "difficult 
season," according to assistant coach Anthony 
Fusco '85, noting the teams 9-10 overall record. 
One player, high-scoring junior Joseph Kirch, 
was named to the ISL All-League team, while 

junior Andre Sheffield received an All-League 
Honorable Mention and the vote of his team- 
mates to be next year's captain. Senior Giovanni 
Pacelli, the team's manager, was presented with 
the Coach's Award for his devotion to the team. 
Other top performers on the team included 
senior co-captain Bill Batchelder, David Noon 
and Courtney Pope. 


Dede Simons was named team MVP, 
League All-Star and Tournament All-Star for the 
volleyball team that concluded its season with a 
7-5 record, winning five of its final six matches. 
Freshman Sara Wayne also won a place among 
the League All-Stars, helping carry the team to 
a fourth-place AISGA tournament finish. Junior 
Amy Daniels was voted captain of next year's 


At presstime, GDA's spring athletic teams 
were gearing up for the new season. The varsity 
coaches were enthusiastic and optimistic about 
the prospects for their squads. 

Men's Lacrosse 

The men's lacrosse team faces a tougher 
schedule this year with the addition of Mid- 
dlesex, Belmont Hill and Buckingham, Browne 
& Nichols to their list of competitors, but coach 
David Van Ness says the team also is stronger 
than last year's. "We have good speed and bet- 
ter stick-handling on attack," he said. Ten of last 
year's team members form the backbone of this 
year's team. Van Ness singled out several players 
he expects to contribute to a winning season, in- 
cluding junior Patrick Gervais in the goal; senior 
tri-captains Andy Tanton and John Whitesides 
on defense; seniors Todd Graff and tri-captain 
Easton Craft and junior Nick Tibbetts at mid- 
field; and juniors Peter Eliot, Chris Peabody, 
Stephen Peabody and Tim Getto and 
sophomore Damian Prescott on attack. 


Andy Tanton '91 (left) and Eric Kaiser '91 
use teamwork to strip the ball from an 

Women's Lacrosse 

The women's lacrosse team got an early 
start on their season, playing practice games in 
Bermuda over spring vacation. Coach Patty 
Crowe reports that the team, which beat a 
Philadelphia squad in that pre-season tune-up, 
"is in fine shape, and ready to roll." While there 
are only eight members of last year's team retur- 
ning this year, Crowe says she is optimistic that 
the team will have a winning season. Key to that 
success, she says, are senior captains Ruby Van 
Loan and Catherine Tuthill and junior Lisa 


Varsity Lacrosse Coach David Van Ness 
(left) presents the first annual Anderson-Gillespie 
Lacrosse Trophy to its namesakes, longtime 
GDA coach Bob Anderson (right) and St. Paul's 
School coach Cliff Gillespie The two are 
largely responsible for the development of the 
sport among New England secondary schools. 


Golf coach John Nichols says he expects 
to see both an undefeated season and the return 
of the Witherspoon Cup this year. "I don't ex- 
pect to lose any," he says. The GDA team lost 
the Witherspoon Cup — for which it competes 
with Andover and Exeter — to Exeter last year, 
but Nichols does not foresee another such loss. 
Leading the team to victory will be junior cap- 
tain Tyson Dion, senior Cathy Burgess, 
sophomore Greg Poor and junior Colin Nix. 
Promising new players, Nichols says, include 
freshman Brandon Stasch, sophomore Jeremy 
Lyons and junior Michael Holbrook. 

Men's and Women's Track 

The success of the men's and women's 
spring track teams "will depend on our depth," 
says coach MaryEllen Karin, noting that "we're 
not blessed with a large number of bodies" for 
all the various events. While the men are strong 
in the weight events — especially freshman 
Saiyid Brent and junior Randy Hemming — 
junior Hoyt Morgan and senior Steve Reeves are 
expected to carry the team's running events. 
Rounding out the top performers on the men's 
team are junior Victor Fidler, javelin; sophomore 
Cory Crain, hurdles; and junior Andre Sheffield, 
jumps. Returning stars of the women's side are 
senior and New England Champion Alexis Col- 

by, long distance running; senior sprinter Leslie 
McCant; and long distance runner rise 


Rebecca Baker '91 demonstrates perfect 
form as she powers a forehand over the net. 

Men's Tennis 

Nearly all of last year's men's tennis team 
returns this year, and coach Wally Rowe expects 

improvements over last year's record. Despite a 
"very, very strong league," in which many 
students compete on the pro circuit, Rowe says 
the GDA men should represent the Academy 
well. Continuing stars include seniors David Cor- 
bett, Tony Cohen and Chris Troianello and 
juniors Matt Masinter, Matt Remis and Mark 
Foster. Hot new prospects on the team include 
senior Wahabi Al-Mutawa and sophomore Archie 

Women's Tennis 

The goal of the women's tennis team this 
year "is to be the best women's tennis team in 
Governor Dummer history," according to coach 
Christopher Harlow. Beginning his first season 
coaching a women's team, Harlow says he's 
found that the women "work well together/' and 
have a lot of experience on the courts. Among 
the club's top players are seniors Dede Simons 
(captain), Rebecca Baker and Teresa Perez. 


The GDA baseball team is planning a bat- 
tle for the league title this year, according to 
coach Michael Moonves. The team, which finish- 
ed third last year, has only four returning 
players, but Moonves says "the outlook is good." 
Among the team's leaders are senior pitcher 
Todd Bairstow and senior captains Bill Bat- 
chelder (catcher) and Brian Novelline (first 
base). Also seen as major contributors are 
senior David Graichen (an outfielder and heavy 
hitter) and junior Sean Colgate (second base). 


Pitcher Steve Scully '92 has his eye on the target as he hurls a fastball. 

The Archon - Spring 1991 15 

continued from page 7 

Still Fighting 

One of the Eames Four: 

Tbm Nast as he neared GDA graduation. 

he and three others were suspended from 
the Academy for the remainder of the 
school year for "generally poor attitude 
and disruptive behavior" True to their 
Zeitgeist, the group soon was glorified in 
the then-current argot as the "Eames 
Four" Nast completed the semester's work 
at home — earning honors grades — and 
received his GDA diploma by mail. Four 
years later, he was graduated magna cum 
laude from Ithaca College with a degree in 
communications — an accomplishment for 
which he gives GDA a great deal of credit. 
"Governor Dummer taught me writing 
skills," he says. "I found I was way ahead of 
my classmates in that respect." Those GDA- 
learned skills also have served him well in 
his career, he adds with conviction. 

It was during his freshman year in 
college, Nast says, that he decided to 
become an attorney. He acknowledges that 
lawyers were regarded with antipathy for 
being members of the "establishment" that 
he was railing against. But, he says with a 
characteristic droll laugh, "I wanted to ac- 
quire their skills. There was no way that I 
could be confused with somebody who has 
a securities practice," he says. 

"I never saw the law as something 
that should be all-engrossing," Nast says. "I 
never did. I see it as a means to an end. 
And I see it as basically a part-time job. I 
only work about five or six hours a day, 
and then I do other things — things that 
are very satisfying to me. Other people 
think they have to spend ten hours a day 
at it. That's for the birds." 

Nast says he does "some insurance 
work and some defense work," but remains 
"very selective about the cases I'll take." 

And while he says enjoys "fighting city 
hall" — and has no plans to stop — he's 
often more interested in the personality of 
the person he'll represent. "It can be a dull 
issue," he says, "but it has to be someone I 
really want to work for — a client I see as 
being wronged. I enjoy putting it right." 

On one of his long annual motor- 
cycle trips in 1977, Nast visited his family 
in White Plains, New York. When he 
learned that police there were conducting a 
series of roadblocks to check for drunk 
drivers, Nast said he "was appalled. I 
vowed that it would never happen here [in 
Washington]." When he returned home, "I 
mentioned to a few people that if it hap- 
pened here I would like a case." It wasn't 
long before police in Seattle set up their 
own sobriety checkpoints, and Nast imme- 
diately received a call to represent a defen- 
dant charged in that first round. 

Nast found himself among several 
other lawyers and the American Civil Liber- 
ties Union, all challenging the right of 
police to stop and search vehicles "without 
individualized suspicion." Appointed chief 
counsel for the petitioners, Nast won 
dismissals in the municipal and superior 
courts, only to have the verdicts reversed in 
the court of appeals. Nast took the case to 
the state's supreme court, which ultimately 
held that "the checkpoints were violative of 
privacy rights granted by the state constitu- 
tion." So emphatic was the decision, in 
fact, that the Washington legislature has 
been unable to devise any roadblock 
system that would be acceptable under the 
state's constitution. 

In another appeal to the supreme 
court, Nast represented a couple who had 
repeatedly requested police assistance 
through a "911" county emergency tele- 
phone system after being mugged. The 
faulty communications system prevented 
police from arriving until nearly two hours 
later, after dark, allowing the assailants to 
escape. Nast attacked established prece- 
dents which provided the county with 
immunity from lawsuits, but his action was 
dismissed by the trial court. He then 
bypassed the appeals court and convinced 
the supreme court to review the case. The 
supreme court reversed the lower court 
opinion, setting new precedents, holding 
the county liable for damages and forcing 
the restructuring of the "911" system. 

Yet another Nast suit forced the 
Washington courts to provide prompt 
access to court records, after charging that 
a one-day delay and copying costs violated 
various laws and constitutional guarantees. 
The supreme court again affirmed Nast's 
assertions and ordered changes in the 
court policies. 

While he says he doesn't always seek 
controversy, Nast admits that it often has a 
way of finding him. He took on what ap- 
peared to be a simple insurance liability 
case, he said, and wound up going to the 
supreme court to settle — in his favor — a 
larger and more complicated dispute. 

In addition to his legal work, Nast 
also finds himself in the computer business 
today. "I bought my first word processor in 
1980, and I found it didn't work very well, 
and I felt ripped-off," he says. He later 
bought other computers and software, and 
"I felt ripped-off again. So I decided I'd 
better learn to do it all for myself because I 
was just going to keep getting ripped-off." 
As a result of that experience, Nast now 
owns a one-third interest in Omnix Sys- 
tems, a network computer installer, and a 
one-half interest in Computers & Upgrades, 
a computer builder. The low-overhead com- 
panies currently are generating approx- 
imately $20,000 to $30,000 monthly, 
says Nast. 

When he isn't working, Nast often 
can be found engaged in one of the several 
avocations to which he is devoted. He says 
he takes one major vacation per year in his 
single-engine Cessna Cardinal airplane. An 
instrument-rated pilot, Nast says, "There is 
almost nothing I enjoy more than flying, 
and I regret not discovering it earlier" The 
airplane trips have begun to displace his 
annual motorcycle jaunts — totalling more 
than 40,000 vacation miles to date — 
though he continues to commute by motor- 
cycle. Among his annual trips, he says, is 
one to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 
Ashland. Nast usually makes that trip with 
his wife, Teresa Van Horn, a physical 
therapist, though their children Alexis, 
three, and Tommy, 11 months, are still too 
young to enjoy spending so much time in 
an airplane. 

Competing with flying for the limited 
number of fair-weather days in the Pacific 
Northwest is Nast's love for the "very civil- 
ized" sport of lawn bowling. "A friend 
dragged me into it," he says, admitting that 
"I'm not the best player, but I'm certainly 
not the worst, either/' "It has an unfair 
reputation of being an old person's sport," 
Nast says, "which is only true in this 
country." His dedication to the sport has 
earned him a position as one of five 
national umpires in the American Lawn 
Bowling Association. 

Also on Nast's list of pastimes is 
playing gamelan, Indonesian orchestral 
music which is based on gongs and chimes. 
"This is one of the few things I get to do 
that is not stressful or competitive," he 
says. "I first heard it when I was about 16, 
and I fell in love with it." Nast says he had 

16 The Archon - Spring 1991 

heard there was a gamelan group in Seat- 
tle, and took "a couple of years to track it 
down." He then took lessons and joined 
the local orchestra of 12 to 18 musicians 
which performs locally and records and 
distributes its own tapes. 

As if all that weren't enough, Nast 
also has been a columnist for Zundfolge, a 
BMW enthusiasts' newsletter, for about a 
dozen years, having had feature articles 
reprinted in more than 30 journals and 
translated into six languages. He also is the 
editor of a "Tech Tip Compendium" for 
BMW-philes which currently is in its sixth 

Asked about future plans and the 
possibility of his arguing before the U.S. 
Supreme Court, Nast replies that he has 
brought "a number of cases to the Ninth 
Circuit Court," but doesn't plan any 
Supreme Court actions in the near future. 
"I don't like the politics up there right 
now," he says. "One of the things you have 
to learn is when to appeal and when not to 
appeal." And that may be another of the 
lessons he learned at Governor Dummer. H 

continued from page 13 

Reunion '91 

Thomas Elder, who was captain of the soc- 
cer team, won the Gaffney Prize, and assis- 
tant Archon editor Edward Elkin was 
awarded the Thorndike Hilton Cup. 

Changing the Guard 

The Class of 1961 experienced an 
event that had not happened at Governor 
Dummer in 29 years: the installation of a 
new headmaster. Ted Eames turned over 
the reins to Val Wilkie in the Class of 
1961's junior year, and new traditions were 
beginning to form. The Class of '61 also 
was the first graduating class to enjoy the 
new Frost Hockey Rink, which replaced 
the often unreliable natural ice of Ingham 

According to the 1961 Milestone, 
"The first of the official commencement 
events was the dedication by Mr. Wilkie of 
the restored Moody-Boynton House. At 11 
o'clock the Morse Flag was awarded to 
Peter Boynton. As soon as the seniors had 
disentangled themselves from their gowns, 
Mr. Sager and the Senior Glee club gave 
an exceedingly fine performance in Lang. 
The Meistersingers and the entire club 
'rose to the occasion' to provide a really 
satisfying concert. 

"Luncheon under the cool elms was 
followed by the baseball game with Bel- 
mont Hill. The audience was baked, the 


Student Council members Vicki Papioanou 77, Tbm Balf 76, Eric O'Brien 76, Jamie Purinton 
78, Heather Blair 77, Phil Graham 78, Perry Smith 76, Brad Clark 78, Chris Shea 77, Peter 
Lawlor 76, Daryl McKnight 76, Bijahn Kalhori 76, Dan Miller 76, Sara Cavanaugh 77 and Trade 
Ackerman 77. 

opposition was bombed and Mr. Navins was 
justifiably proud. His last game was one of 
memories — Dana's home-run, George's 
slick fielding, Terry's fanning the last batter. 
. . . Many sunburned faces appeared at the 
dinner in Alumni Gymnasium. . . . Al 
Booth, as master of ceremonies, did a com- 
mendable job in presenting the speakers 
for the evening — Mr. Wilkie, Ed Kaiser 
and Charlie Rignall. 

"Early Saturday morning, it looked as 
though Mr. Wilkie had taken charge of the 
weather again. Ominous clouds threatened, 
but by 9 o'clock, the day had firmly 
established itself as one of humid warmth." 
During those commencement exercises, Jim 
Hunt was presented the Goodwin Athletic 
Prize, Alan Booth won the Academy Prize 
and Charles Rignall won the Thorndike 
Hilton Cup. 

A final notation in the 1961 
Milestone's senior history reads, "As alumni 
we are expected to give material assistance 
to the school. Just as important as finan- 
cial support is that we support our school 
spiritually. Let us not sever our relations 
with our school when we receive our 
diploma. Since Governor Dummer is 
worthy of our greatest pride, let us support 
it with our greatest enthusiasm." 

A Class of Athletes 

The Class of 1966 was one of GDA's 
most honored in the area of athletics. In 
the fall, captain Edgar Caldwell's soccer 
team won the league championship. In the 
winter, basketball team went 15-1. Co- 
captains Roy Hope and David Oliker paced 

the wrestling team to a 9-2 season. Tom 
Heald's lacrosse team placed first in New 
England and won the Haviland Trophy that 
spring. Behind tri-captains Charlie Estes, 
Jeff Weber and "Grove" Cooke, the spring 
track team completed its season 
undefeated, and Dan Morgan led the tennis 
team to its first winning season in 11 years. 

Among the Class of 1966's most 
memorable moments, as reported in the 
Milestone, were mixers with Beaver Country 
Day School, Pingree School and House-in- 
the-Pines — the last of these described as 
"an unfortunate incident." 

At commencement, Barry Sullivan 
was awarded the Morse Flag, and John 
Trickey won the Academy Prize. The Good- 
win Athletic Prize went to Edgar Caldwell, 
who had collected eight varsity letters and 
two Most Valuable Player awards and cap- 
tained three teams at GDA. Steven 
Barghoom was named recipient of the 
Thorndike Hilton Cup for his outstanding 

A New Turning Point 

"This year, because of the new oppor- 
tunities provided, has served as an interim 
period between what has been and what is 
to come," wrote the editors of the 1971 
Milestone, "The process of the revitaliza- 
tion of the school is unending. As far as 
the future of the school is concerned, this 
year was a small, uncertain step, but 
hopefully it will help instill confidence in 
ourselves and in Governor Dummer to take 
bigger ones." 

continued on page 18 

The Archon - Spring 1991 17 

The transitions on campus reflected 
both academic expansion and the effects of 
the larger world. The new Schumann 
Science Center was built, independent 
study courses were offered and GDA 
prepared for co-education (which would 
occur in 1973). Outside, the Vietnam War 
raged. On Moratorium Day, October 31, 
1970, the Class of 1971's Robert Veasey 
was moved to tell parents, "What is being 
asked of the parents today is to carefully 
consider their votes, look at the men run- 
ning to represent you, then look at your 
sons. Does this man represent the hopes 
and dreams you have for your sons and the 
world he will live in? Does he represent 

Val Wilkie acknowledged the times 
when, awarding the 1971 Academy Prize to 
Mario Rivera, he said, "These are times of 
adjustment, of soul-searching for all of 
us . . . ." Justin Doyle was awarded the 
Morse Flag, Mike Fish won the Goodwin 
Athletic Prize and Bill Shack won the 
Thorndike Hilton Cup. 

History Revisited 

The Class of 76, like the rest of the 
country in that bicentennial year, was sear- 
ching through its history to learn more 
about itself. The 213th anniversary of 
Governor Dummer Academy, 1976 was an 
opportunity for the History Department to 
put on a series of discussions, films and 
lectures on topics including "the respon- 
sibility of the press." The Governor 

reported that the "spectacular Invitational 
Weekend Monte Carlo" night was a tremen- 
dous success in chasing away "the Winter- 
time Blues," though at least some 
classmates had to work off their markers by 
putting in extra kitchen duty. 

Also successful was the Drama Club's 
spring production of "Guys and Dolls," 
starring Doug Baker, Yvonne Grunnebaum, 
Chip Calcagni, Amy Kaplan, Chris Darke, 
Danny Auerbach and Vicki Papaioanou. 

The Morse Flag was awarded at com- 
mencement to Perry Smith, of whom Head- 
master Jack Ragle said, "Whatever it be, if 
you want it done — and done well — get 
Perry Smith to do it." Tom Adams, a seven- 
letter athlete, two-team co-captain and 
MVP, won both the Academy Prize and the 
Goodwin Athletic prize and the Thorndike 
Hilton Cup went to the class' top scholar 
Sootpanoo Sinthavanuchit. 

Politics and Sex 

Among the subjects occupying the 
minds of the Class of 1981 were sex and 
politics. Senator Ted Kennedy stirred the 
campus in May when he spoke to the 
assembled GDA community. He urged 
students to work toward their political 
goals in areas including public policy and 
the environment, and told them to main- 
tain their "commitment and sense of 

Earlier in the year, 90 percent of the 
GDA students and faculty voted for the 
institution of sex education at the Academy. 


Visiting Senator Paul Tsongas (left) are (l-r) GDA master Robert Clagett, Charles Bougas, Jennifer 
Graf, Alexandra MacDonald, Cynthia Pfeiffer, Laurie Krooss, Daniel Cooke and Daniel Cross. 


Morse Flag winner Jennifer Grimes and 
Academy Prize winner Paul Nardone lead the 
Commencement procession. 

Interestingly, 64 percent of the students 
said the course should not be required; on- 
ly eight percent of the faculty agreed. 

A big year for sports, 1981 saw the 
women's soccer team under captains Sue 
Perry and Sally DeGan go undefeated; cap- 
tain Terrence Talley led the men's basket- 
ball team to a 20-2 season; captain Mike 
Menyhart's golf team brought home the 
Witherspoon Cup; and the women's 
lacrosse team under co-captains Perry and 
Kathryn O'Leary completed an 11-0 season. 

Cynthia Pfeiffer was awarded the 
Morse Flag, while Michael Morison was 
named winner of the Academy Prize at 
commencement. Top scholastic honors also 
went to Pfeiffer with the Thorndike Hilton 

Short Memories 

The Class of 1986 — the youngest of 
the reunion classes — shouldn't have any 
trouble recalling the highlights of their 
senior year at GDA. It was the year when 
The Guvahnah revealed that the White- 
tailed Tropicbird that arrived during 
Hurricane Gloria actually was a New Jersey 
pigeon. And it touted a new group: Head- 
master Brag and the Seersucker Seven. 
Welcome improvements were made in the 
French Center's music systems and decor. 
The men's basketball team, men's hockey 
team, the volleyball team and women's 
spring track team all rose to the top of 
their leagues. And the spring formal was 
held at Sailor Bill's restaurant in Salisbury, 
complete with pink and silver flowers. 

At commencement, Jennifer Grimes 
won the Morse Flag and Paul Nardone 
received the Academy Prize. The class' top 
scholar was Cressler Heasley, who earned 
the Thorndike Hilton Cup and the Moody 
Kent Prize in Music. PI 

18 The Archon - Spring 1991 



Born to Major Gifts Director Marcy and Tom 
Beatty, a son, Thomas Nathan; eight pounds, 
10 ounces; April 23, 1991; their first child. 

Born to Deborah and Michael Smith '54, a 
son, Christian; September 26, 1990; their 
second son. 

Bom to Anne and Mark Petri '63, a daughter, 
Eliza Morgan; November 24, 1990. 

Born to Joyce and Peter Barkin '68, a daughter, 
Ann Katherine; July 8, 1990. 

Born to Marie and Dick Oedel '72, a son, Wil- 
liam Kincaid; January 13, 1991; their first son. 

Born to Sean and Wendy Lougee O'Brien '75, 
a daughter, Alicia York, February 11, 1991. 

Born to Susie and Richard O'Leary '75, a son, 
Timothy Robert; December 19, 1990. 

Born to Jim and Debbie Baker Black '79, a 
son, Harrison Maclntyre; December 14, 1990. 

Born to Christopher and Martha Blake Ficke 
'79, a son, Andrew Blake; November 30, 1990. 

Born to Amy and Bruce Lindsay '79, a daugh- 
ter, Amanda Ann; September 12, 1990. 

Born to Julie and John Wise '80, a son, John 
Jr.; February 11, 1991. 

Born to Kathy and Ben Frost '81, a son, Mat- 
thew Benjamin; November 24, 1990. 

Born to faculty members Michael and 
MaryEllen Karin, a daughter, Abbey; March 14, 
1991; their second daughter. 

Born to faculty member Perry and Marcy Nel- 
son, a son, Duncan Innis; April 5, 1991; their 
first child. 


Frank Stockwell '52 and Lee Sparks, March 
16, 1991. 

Bradley A. Reichter '79 and Susan A. Jones, 
February, 1991. 

Claire B. Dober '82 and William Danaher, June 
23, 1990. 

Erika Leigh Walberg '83 and Steven Lyn 
Nicholson '83, February 22, 1991. 

Teresa R. Russo '83 and Ian B. Cramphorn, 
March 30, 1991. 

Katrina Russo '85 and Stephen Ramsey, August 
18, 1990. 


Fred M. Ingersoll, class of 1933, died July 6, 
1990. A Belmont native, he entered GDA in 
1932. He was a member of the football team 
and the Glee Club. He was graduated from Dart- 
mouth College in 1937. Since 1946, he had 
been owner and president of Fred M. Ingersoll, 
Inc. of Marietta, GA, a firm representing toy and 
hobby manufacturers in nine southeastern U.S. 
states. He is survived by his wife, Jo Acker Inger- 

soll of Marietta; two daughters, Polly Lou 
Manner and Marilyn Eaton; and two sons, James 
Ingersoll and Brian Ingersoll. 

Joseph D. Hoague, class of 1937, died January 
4, 1991 at his home in Lakeville, MA, from 
stomach cancer. He was 72. Born in Brookline, 
he was a member of the football, basketball, 
hockey and winter track teams and president of 
the Glee Club during his years at GDA. He was 
graduated from Colgate University, where he was 
a football letterman and the first Colgate player 
to participate in the Army-Navy football game. 
From 1941 to 1942, he played professional foot- 
ball for the Pittsburgh Steelers and, later, for the 
former Boston Yankees. He served as a naval of- 
ficer during World War II. He was the Taunton 
High School football coach from 1947 to 1951, 
and later held the same position at Natick High 
School. He received a master's degree in educa- 
tion from Boston University in 1952. From 1959 
until his retirement in 1980, he was director of 
athletics and football coach at Melrose High 
School. He was named coach of the year in the 
1970s by the New England Football Coaches' 
Association, and was inducted into the Mass- 
achusetts Football Coaches' Association hall of 
fame in 1978. In 1990, he was named to the 
Colgate University Athletics Hall of Honor. He 
leaves his wife, Ann Conant Hoague; three sons, 
Joseph D. Hoague, Jr. of Nantucket, Theodore 
2nd of Laneville and Douglas E. Hoague of 
Flagstaff, AZ; four daughters, Carolyn B. Tryder 
of Melrose, Joann M. Jones of California; Sara 
B. Cassin of Goffstown, NH and Ann Conant 
Kruger of North Andover; two sisters, Mary 
Hoague of England and Helen Houston of 
Wisconsin; and 11 grandchildren. 

W. Churchill Cressey, class of 1943, died 
January 14, 1991 in a Biddeford, ME, hospital. 
He was 66. Born in Portland, ME, he entered 
the Academy in 1941. He was a member of the 
Milestone and Archon boards and the Glee 
Club. He served in the U.S. Army during World 
War II. He was graduated from Bowdoin College 
in 1950. For the past 17 years, he was president 
of WC. Cressey & Son Bus Distributors in Ken- 
nebunk. Previously he had been the owner and 
president of Snowdon Motor Co. in Kennebunk. 
Active in community affairs, he served on the 
Kennebunk Budget Board, the Zoning Board 
and the Board of Appeals. He was a member of 
the Kennebunk Rotary Club, a corporator of 
Kennebunk Savings Bank and a member of the 
Webhannet Golf Club. He is survived by his wife, 
Phebe Sowles Cressey of Kennebunk; a son, 
George F. Cressey II of Kennebunk; two 
daughters, Kimberlee Ann Cressey of Ken- 
nebunk and Melissa Cressey Jackson of Wells; 
and two grandchildren. 

Shepherd Sikes, class of 1945, died of cancer 
January 17, 1991 in William Beaumont Hospital, 
Bloomfield Hills, MI. Born in Buffalo, NY, he 
entered GDA in 1944 and was a member of the 
Archon board, the football, wrestling and track 
teams and the Glee Club. He was graduated 
from Brown University, where he was president 
of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. A veteran of 
World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. He 

was employed by the Owens-Corning Fiberglass 
Corp. and later PPG Industries, retiring in 
October 1990 as director of marketing for 
Azdel, Inc., a joint venture of PPG and General 
Electric. He was a member of the American 
Yacht Club in Rye, NY, the Orchard Lake Coun- 
try Club, the Society of Plastics Engineers and 
the Society of Automotive Engineers. He leaves 
his wife, Polly Clancy Sikes of Bloomfield Hills; 
two daughters, Leslie Sikes Keyes of Royal Oak, 
MI, and Diana Roswell Sikes of Birmingham, 
MI; a sister, Sarah Sikes Tyrrell of Stamford, CT; 
and a brother, Allen B. Sikes, class of 1944, of 
Palm Harbor, FL. 

David DeFanti, class of 1951, died February 24, 
1991 at South County Hospital, South 
Kingstown, RI. He was 58. Born in South 
Kingstown, he entered the Academy in 1947. He 
was a member of the basketball and soccer 
teams, as well as the Archon board. He was 
graduated from Colgate University, and received 
his master's and doctoral degrees from the 
University of Rhode Island. From 1961 to 1967, 
he was an assistant professor in the department 
of pharmacology and toxicology at URI, becom- 
ing an associate professor from 1967 to 1973. In 
1961 he was named a consultant to the 
Laboratories for Scientific Criminal Investiga- 
tion, a position he held until becoming assistant 
director in 1970. He became director of the 
LSCI in 1971. He was the director of the breath 
analysis training program sponsored by the 
Rhode Island Department of Health from 1970 
until his death. He also was an instructor and 
coordinator in police science for the Rhode 
Island Municipal Police Training Academy. 
Beginning in 1963, he testified as an expert 
witness in criminal and civil matters before the 
Federal District Court, Rhode Island District 
Court, Rhode Island Grand Jury, Superior Court 
and Rhode Island Family Court. He was a 
member of Sigma Xi, Phi Sigma, Rho Chi, the 
American Association for the Advancement of 
Science, the American Academy of Forensic 
Sciences, the URI Criminalist Association. 
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 
the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers 
and the International Association for Identifica- 
tion. He leaves his wife, Mary C. Bourret DeFan- 
ti; two sons, John R. DeFanti of Wakefield and 
Paul R. DeFanti of Boston; a daughter. Rachel 
M. DeFanti of Wakefield; and his mother. Ruth 
Rockwell DeFanti of Peace Dale. 

David S. Carleton, class of 1964. died February 
8, 1991. He entered GDA in 1962. and was a 
member of the Governor staff, the Literary Club. 
Glee Club and orchestra. At commencement, he 
was awarded the Moody Kent Prize in German. 
At the time of his death, he had been working 
in the fuel management group of the Arizona 
Nuclear Power Project. He leaves his wife, Pat- 
ricia; and two daughters. Sara. 13. and Julia. 11. 

The Archon - Spring 1991 19 

Class Notes 

Pre '30 

John English, Secretary 
BO. Box 322. Woodsneck Rd.. tMsl Orleans. MA 02643 

T Paul Thomas '32 stays active in retire- 
ment in Wenatchee, WA, playing golf and look- 
ing forward, as always, to the king salmon 
fishing off British Columbia in August. On his 
hope list is a trip east to visit his sister in Ben- 
nington, VT, and perhaps the campus and his 
friends in the East. T Not so good is the travel 
news from Jim Gardiner '23, who has been a 
regular at our Old Guard reunions in June. "I'm 
scheduled to be in Kansas City on June 15," Jim 
reports (and that is reunion weekend). T Dutch 
Albertson '24 thinks he has slowed down a bit 
at 83. He does only a little lobstering now (he's 
down to about 300 lobsters a week), and he 
only occasionally races lobster boats! He and 
Sara have celebrated their 60th wedding anni- 
versary. ▼ Jerry May '26, too, admits to slowing 
down. "I use the motor more than the sail," he 
says, when he ventures into Plymouth Bay in the 
Catchalot. Jerry is a past commodore and still 
active member of the Pilgrim Yacht Club. ▼ Ge- 
orge Haley '27 has gone through 30 operations 
and goes to St. John every three months for 
check-ups, but his sense of humor is as good as 
ever and his enthusiasm for the Canadian medi- 
care system is high. T Marge and Russ Hamil- 
ton '27 have finally, like the astronauts, landed 
— after a very long search for a new home. 
Their address is 100 Lexington Court, Shadow 
Lake Village, Red Bank, NJ 07701. T From his 
retirement home in Washington, NC, Warren 
Lane '27 reminds us of this from Psalm 90: 
"The years of our life are threescore and ten,/ 
Or even by reason of strength fourscore;/ Yet 
their span is but toil and trouble;/ They are 
soon gone and we fly away... /So teach us to 
number our days/ That we may get a heart of 
wisdom." "My years are now fourscore and 
three," Warren continues, "and my love for GDA 
grows fonder each year" T Pat and ten 
Lawson '27 still do a lot of traveling from their 
home in Sarasota, FL. They have in the past 
year hit a lot of stops from Athens and Istanbul 
to Mexico City and Santa Fe, in addition to 
their usual summer on Lake Sunapee. Unfor- 
tunately, Len's eyes have weakened, so that he 
can no longer drive and has to rely on talking 
books. T Bill Page's '27 therapy has been so 
effective that he is looking forward to traveling 
east for our reunion in 1992. Bill takes physical 
therapy two mornings a week at his home and 
water therapy two afternoons a week at the Osh- 
kosh YMCA, about 20 miles north of his home 
in Fond du Lac, WI, and he gets out about 
twice a week for lunch and a change of scenery. 
▼ Betty Sawyer conveys news that Larry Saw- 
yer '27, who has been in failing health for the 
last ten years, is now confined to a nursing 
home. "We have had 58 years of happy marri- 
age," she says, "luckier than many so we count 
our blessings." ▼ Tbm Walker '27 was hospital- 
ized with an aneurysm last fall but is coming 
along well. T Bill Bottger '28 had the hip-joint 
replacement last fall, which slowed him only a 
bit. He reports he is now getting back toward 

20 The Archon - Spring 1991 

normal. Bill is one who has not yet retired — 
but admits he is now thinking about it. T Mar- 
shall Clinard's '28 latest book, Corporate Cor- 
ruption: The Abuse of Power, has now been 
published, by Praeger. One of his grandsons 
graduated from Lawrence University last June, 
and a second grandson graduates from Cornell 
this June. ▼ Bill Hart '28 remains at his Engle- 
wood, FL, home, recovering very slowly from 
prostate surgery and is not able to get around 
as a nimble old quarterback would like. T Se- 
nator John Chandler '29, with 14 great grand- 
children and another on the way, now has an 
abiding hope to become a great-great grand- 
father. He needs only another eight or ten years 
to make it. T The Rod Gearharts '29 cruised 
to Bermuda in April, celebrating en route their 
50th anniversary. T Wally Temple '29 has been 
working on oral-history tapes for the La Puente 
Valley Historical Society and the Temple and 
Workman Homestead Museum, recalling old 
times in Southern California "when everyone 
knew everyone and one grade of gasoline drove 
all the cars." Wally attended the founding meet- 
ing of the Governor Dummer Alumni Associa- 
tion of Southern California and is proud to be a 
member. ▼ George Davis '30 expresses his 
respect for modern medicine; his bypass surgery 
at Massachusetts General has given him a pretty 
good decade, he says. Unfortunately, Mrs. Davis 
is not in any comparable condition and requires 
100 percent support. Within these limits, they 
do enjoy their life in St. Petersburg, FL, despite 
a little uneasiness during the hurricane season. 


Howard Navins, Secretary 
Governor Dummer Academy, By field, MA 01922 


Terry Staples, Secretary 
RO. Box 142, Malden-on-Hudson, NY 12453 

T John Cushman writes, "Leave March 4 
for 12 days in Vera Cruz and Mexico City etc. 
We then leave for two-and-a-half weeks in 
Puerto Rico and Florida. And in June we take 
two grandchildren on a 14-day Windjammer trip 
from Antigua to Granada. Go to Idaho for two 
weeks in September/' 


Harry Churchill, Secretary 
107 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824 


Class Secretary Needed 

T Dick Sprague writes, "No big news. I 
am retired, as I guess all of 1934 is by now. I 
play a bit of tennis, more golf, both here in 
Dublin at the Lake Club. I cross-country, bike, 
and walk and am still a bit active in the Mas- 
sachusetts Arms Collectors, of which I was one 
of the founders 40 years ago. We are historian 
collectors and interested in preserving a bit of 

the history so lacking in the schools today. As 
for volunteering for class secretary, I am quite 
well kept occupied being the class secretary of 
1931 at The Fessenden School. This keeps me 
busy from time to time. Certainly there must be 
somebody from the class of 1934 who is not a 
class secretary elsewhere. Many of my classmates 
had been elsewhere in the early days of Mr. 
Eames." ▼ John Bassette writes, "I volunteer 
here and there and go to the movies to see 
Meryl Streep and Sally Field. Sometimes I go to 
New York for the day and have lunch at the Al- 
gonquin. Once in a while I find a memory in an 
old dusty box of GDA.. .a photograph or two." T 
Fred Davis has been retired for 25 years and 
living in the greater Palm Springs area with wife, 
Gina. "Nothing exciting except daily golf, etc. 
Usually have lunch once a year with Stuart 
Chase who keeps me posted on the old gang 
and goings-on at GDA." T Seth Baker writes, 
"I'm still among the quick! That news is not 
nearly as spectacular were that not so, and you 
all were hearing from me! I'm trying to be one 
of the successful few." T Richard McKenzie: 
"Few have the inner resources to function well 
in life without appointed tasks." 


Frank Kitchell, Secretary 
1600 Seattle Tbwer, 1218 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 


Class Secretary Needed 

T David Williams writes, "I retired on 
January 7, 1989 as Presiding Justice of the First 
District Court of Northern Middlesex, situated in 
Ayer, MA, after 35 years service. My wife, Gloria, 
and I still live in Concord, MA." T Julian Hess 
writes, "Am still working (although my boss 
questions it from time to time) as an admin- 
istrator with the New Youth Center Financial 
Information Services Agency which monitors the 
budgets of city departments. The rest of my time 
and energy goes into helping provide meals for 
the homeless, attending concerts (I took music 
appreciation and sang in the Glee Club under 
Art Sager) and enjoying such social life as 
comes the way of an average-in-grade bachelor. 
Would enjoy hearing from any members of the 
Governor Dummer family who are in New York." 
▼ Tbm Nathan has been retired four years. 
Former business: Craftwood Lumber Company, a 
home center in Highland Park, IL. He is the 
father of two sons, one a doctor in Boston and 
the other a cabinetmaker and manager of a cus- 
tom lighting company in Virginia, who has 
produced one grandson, now in his first year. 
Hobbies include fishing, Bonsai, gardening, 
golf— not necessarily in that order. T John 
Wells writes, "The 11th and final fascicle of the 
Dictionary of the Old High German Glosses 
(Althochdeutsches Glossenworterbuch), which I 
compiled, researched and edited, was published 
in 1990 by the Carl Winter Press in Heidelberg, 
Germany. Old High German was in use contem- 
poraneously with the Anglo-Saxon (Old English) 
language. I'd like to mention that I began to 

study the German language while I was at 
Governor Dummer Academy." ▼ Joseph Wil- 
liamson writes, "Retired Ins. Broker (after 40 
years), married and divorced 1944-62. Married 
Joy H. Gately, 1962. We have three sons and 
one daughter. Now doing inspections ME, NH 
and VT for several insurance companies on 
part-time basis — and enjoying it. 50 years 
(1941) won ME Amateur Golf Championship. En- 
joying life with Joy after returning to Maine from 
Mass. (1962-1973) and NH (1973-1982). Spent 
five years in Army 1940-1945 (Coast Artillery). 
Discharged as Captain 1945 as CO. of Camp 
Hero, Montauk Mt, NY." ▼ Rupe Neily was re- 
cently featured in the Boothbay Register, in a 
story covering his new "fifth career" in business 
consulting. Here's a man with no retirement in 


Class Secretary Needed 

T Chuck Somerby writes, "Retired Navy 
Commander, retired newspaper publisher, father, 
grandfather, great-grandfather. UFO sighting in 
November, 1987 brought us a lot of attention by 
national and international press and TV" T Al- 
len Dodge writes, "Still am able to hobble 
about. Have a problem with balance. Heard a 
great sermon last Sunday given by John Mercer 
'64. John's father was one of my instructors and 
his son is carrying on where his father left off." 
T Ed Hastings writes, "I really do enjoy receiv- 
ing the Archon publications and wished I could 
write about some exciting news to add to it, but 
I've spent most of my time and energy in going 
through two major operations in the last three 
months. I look forward to better news for the 
next issue." ▼ Arthur Strenge writes, "I am on 
the retirement circuit. Had a heart bypass opera- 
tion July of '90. Have also taken a vacation in 
Florida with my wife." 


Harold Audet, Secretary 
511 Crocker Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 

▼ Richard Cary writes, "Am fully retired. 
Have completed my book, Whistles on the River, 
and am now looking for a publisher. Have had 
one rejection from The Freshwater Press in 
Cleveland, Ohio. Am trying The Boston Mills 
Press in Erin, Ontario. Will keep you posted. 
My best to Mr. Navins, Mr. Sager and Mr. 


Don Stockwell, Secretary 
8 Country Hill, Brattleboro, VT 05301 

My plea for news from the Class of '39 
apparently fell on deaf ears as, except for the 
loyal few mentioned below, the response was 
pretty sparse. Don't tell me it was because of the 
increase in postage, and it can't be because of 
your employment responsibilities, as I know all 
of you, like myself, belong to the 'over the hill 

gang^ ▼ Spence Brewster, always a knowledge- 
able guy, has answered the question I raised 
about Andalusians in the last Archon. He, of the 
horse and buggy brigade, tells me they are one 
of the oldest horse breeds in the world, originat- 
ing from Spain and Portugal. To further en- 
hance the education of all who are pitifully 
inept, he tells us that on our 55th he'll hitch his 
pair up to a beautiful carriage and drive myself 
and two others of my choosing around the cam- 
pus and wind up under the tent where the bar 
is located. What better choice for company than 
George Simson and Matty Hannon, both of 
whom would qualify in all categories? ▼ John 
Gannett advises that on Presidents Day he was 
having the first annual Maine-Florida picnic at 
Boca Grande. After that event he plans to get 
his 32-foot trawler, "Baby Grand," to Chamber- 
lain, ME, indicating it will take a while at seven- 
and-a-half knots. During his idle moments on 
this long journey he can spend time swabbing 
the deck and looking for mermaids. ▼ John 
Klotz reports he bounced back and forth from 
Florida during December and January, following 
which he was off to the Top Of The Mark, 
spending moonlight nights in Napa Valley, sea 
watching in Monterey (whatever that is), buying 
paintings in Carmel and attending tennis 
matches in the Stanford area. Apparently he is 
gearing up for something more exciting as he 
reports he's down to a skimpy 180 pounds via 
Ultra Slimfast. T Hank Payson was in Florida 
this winter and spent some time with the Ten- 
neys. He lost a few bucks to Tom on the golf 
course, saying that he still is an all-around ath- 
lete with a big mouth. According to Hank, that 
didn't seem to be the reason for losing. He was 
more impressed that Tom has two toilets and 
eight telephones in his home, adding that that's 
not too bad for the big guy who clawed his way 
to the top. T Speaking of Tbm Tenney, he says 
he had a couple of good days with Hank this 
winter. It's probably because he won all that 
money from him. If the truth be known, it prob- 
ably was about $2.29! T George Simson made 
the Archon publication deadline for the very 
first time. Usually he gets his notes to me too 
late to stop the presses. He and his wife con- 
tinue their golfing lives, but says his handicap is 
going up faster than his age. From all reports, 
his son is really making his mark in the North 
Carolina amateur golf tournaments. Last fall he 
won the North-South Carolina Mid Amateur at 
Charleston by seven shots. He had a 29 on the 
back nine which included a hole-in-one, an ea- 
gle and three birdies. He had a 62 total which 
tied the course record. All of this being accom- 
plished with a total of 22 putts with a borrowed 
putter. George carried his clubs! George also 
reports their daughter in Aberdeen, Scotland, is 
having a "wee barin" in June, at which time the 
Simons will heave-ho to the land of thistle, 
heather and Scotch. T Sorry I couldn't give you 
more news about your fellow classmates, but if 
you're too shy to tell me what you're doing, I 
can't do the job for you. As for me, it's been a 
quiet winter in the north country, with only a 
moderate amount of snow and rather mild tem- 
peratures. I am, however, going to venture South 

with my wife for a couple of weeks and see how 
the other half lives. I might even check out Ten- 
ney's house. It sounds intriguing. 


Larry VanDoren, Secretary 
30 Glenside Road, South Orange, NJ 07079 

T David Solomon writes, "Nothing much 
to report except how much Ronnie and I 
enjoyed last June's reunion. It was good to hear 
from Bob Lyle afterwards. Many of us were sorry 
he missed it. After Andy Bailey's talk, I'm seri- 
ously thinking about retirement but haven't 
decided what to retire to, as he emphasized. 
Frankly, I'd rather start over!" T When contact- 
ed, Pete Farnum was just off to Sanibel in his 
trusty RV — "the way to go," Pete says — and 
IRS permits deduction as a second home. His 
big event in the past year was turning 70. He 
can now ski free in many places. ▼ George 
Eamshaw reports only that he's "getting old." 
Remembering his basic vitality, that seems 
impossible. Besides, he's a contemporary of 
yours and mine T Because of mild weather, 
Jack Griffith's charges the elk have kept to the 
high ground this winter; so he now has nothing 
to do, except such minor chores as 400 head of 
cattle entail. The children, like father, tend to be 
doubly active In addition to family life two are 
teachers and one is a secretary (noble profession 
— Sec). ▼ Master political puppeteer Ed Riley 
gets increasingly wound up in the strings he 
pulls behind the scenes, both in his condo com- 
munity and in Pompano Beach proper. Some 
pending family concerns will govern whether he 
and Jill will "reune" with us again in June ▼ 
Your secretary's ex-roomie Gene Gardner, has 
surfaced with a suggestion that we do lunch. 
Great. Despite a motor neuron disease that 
imposes limits, Gene is in there punching. ▼ 
We're sending coals to Newcastle or at any rate 
Canadian stamps to Toronto, to encourage Jim 
Dodge to return our reply envelope T Leigh 
Clark calls it a good winter — very little 
snowshovel work. ▼ Final election returns show 
Dana Babcock the winner in that race for fire 
commissioner in Essex, NY. "More headaches," 
Dana writes, "but a new variety!" T Nick 
Lampes is still disconnected from us, because of 
phone service So write us, Nick! ▼ Harben to 
philosophical Bobby Little: "We find ourselves 
in the best of times as well as the worst of 
times, the same as in 1940. Then time passed 
so slowly — today I find it fleeting. Strange how 
the dice of life roll! Mr. Kirk taught that the 
atom was the ultimate base building block; 
today we are.. splitting the atom and the gene I 
find today exciting. What will the next day 
bring?" Bobby's daughter is a rancher's wife and 
his son is an accountant, and two grandchildren 
round out the picture ▼ An upbeat update 
from Virginia on Jim Quirk's progress: "He has 
made great strides" and will make the move to 
an assisted living apartment in March — "a big 
step from the nursing home syndrome" The 
Quirks manage to dine out often, and then 
numerous progeny keep life cheerful with their 

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Class Notes 

visits. T Ben Wright recently glided into Sofia, 
Bulgaria for the European figure-skating champi- 
onships. "We were well taken care of," Ben 
notes, "despite grim living conditions for the na- 
tives. Reason: the event brought in much hard 
currency, so it had the support of the govern- 
ment." ▼ As requested, Bob Goodspeed reports 
on offspring: Steven designs microchips, Peter is 
VP of a health-care management concern, Scott 
is president and CEO of a hospital, Jonathan is 
editor of a high-tech magazine. The achievement 
roster will either goad more of us into trotting 
forward our young 'uns' accomplishments or dis- 
courage us from even trying. Bob's leathers are 
now going big in the athletic shoes trade 
("sneakers," he translates helpfully). ▼ Don 
Mortimer underwent coronary bypass surgery in 
October and is quickly rehabilitating, balancing 
lifestyle modifications with vigorous exercise pro- 
grams. Paradoxically, the treadmill he uses 
moves him forward! ▼ Caught Bob Lyle just 
back from Delray, where he and links partner 
Bob Schumann took on the competition. RJL 
is given to modest understatement, so the fact 
that he doesn't report complete disaster tells the 
trained ear that the dynamic duo did pretty 
dam well. The Lyles' Susan is a decorator, Amy 
administers a school in Buffalo, and Frederick is 
music VP for Universal TV in Tinseltown. ▼ 
Bob Schumann writes, "Bob Lyle was my guest 
in a recent member/guest Golf Tournament here 
in Delray Beach, FL at the Country Club of FL. 
After spraying golf balls around for three days 
we ended up in the middle of the pack but were 
rewarded with many laughs!" 


50th Class Reunion 
June 14, 15, 16 

Class Secretary Needed 

T David Goodhart reports that plans for 
Reunion continue to develop. At least a dozen 
members of the class have confirmed their 
Reunion attendance, with only three known no- 
shows. David also notes that Buster and Fran 
Navins have invited the class to their home for a 
special Reunion dinner. Stay tuned for more de- 
tails! ▼ Sam Robbins '41 will be the guest cu- 
rator for a special art exhibit that we hope all 
'41ers will visit at Reunion. 


Ted Stitt, Secretary 
3233 N.E. 34th Street Apr. 714, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 

T Dr. Bill MacMillan has retired after a 
most distinguished career at the University of 
Vermont and more recently at the University of 
Alabama. T Humphrey Simson has recently 
moved to Stuart, FL, from Tfequesta, FL. He is 
playing a lot of golf. ▼ Bob Harris, Simson 
and Stitt were unable to meet at the Miami 
Boat Show due to conflicting schedules. All 
three are looking forward to the 1992 50th 
reunion. ▼ Norton Cushman has returned to 

22 The Archon - Spring 1991 

Vermont "after four years of life aboard a sailing 
vessel." He and his wife hope to make next 
year's reunion. ▼ Hank Skinner is looking for- 
ward to the 1992 reunion and is playing a lot of 
golf. He had his first hole in one last May. 
Hank, since you asked to help, what about a 
golf tournament at Reunion'? Anyone who is 
interested, please let me know. 


Class Secretary Needed 

T David Mason writes, "Having returned 
on May 1st from the Central Savings Bank, I 
have been enjoying life by keeping busy between 
volunteer work as co-chairman of the Centennial 
Fund Campaign for Lowell General Hospital and 
as a member of the Executive Committee at 
Vespers Country Club. Other activities include 
lots of golf, some consulting and handyman 
maintenance around the house. With our sons 
and families living in Rhode Island and New 
Hampshire we have no plans to move." ▼ From 
Benjamin Mann: "Retired in October — no 
more getting to work at 6:30 — no more people 
saying so what or caring 100 percent." T 
Murray Monroe writes, "I have had the same 
job since 1950, been married to the same lady 
since 1963, lived in the same house since 1964, 
had the same children also starting in 1964, and 
the same secretary since 1968. While it sounds 
dull, it has been fun and (not to be passed on 
to the development office) rewarding. Retirement 
does not seem to be one of my options. My 
youngest goes to college next year. My hobbies 
are tennis and sailing. We have a place in 
Christmas Cove, ME, which we go to semi- 
regularly. We go by South Byfield and infre- 
quently stop. It has changed tremendously since 
I was there We have a few Governor Dummer 
grads in Cincinnati, but not many. Carrol 
Robertson used to live here, but has moved 
away. I see Bill Reed frequently, and also met 
with Harry Kangis' son last year. The ones I 
see most often just happen to be my brothers — 
Jim, who was in the class of '41 and Bill, who 
was in the class of '42. They are in good health, 
as are my immediately family, including my four 
children." ▼ Ben Brewster tells us, "I retired in 
March of 1990 from a nameplate foundry. The 
time since has been enjoyably filled with travel- 
ing (Grand Cayman, Maine, Hawaii), sailing and 
all the "Honey Do" jobs saved up in the past 50 
years. I recommend it to one and all." T Walter 
McGill sends the following news: "My wife Betty 
and I recently returned from a month's trip to 
Indonesia and Malaysia, with brief stops in 
Japan and Hong Kong." T Robert Wood is, "re- 
tired and enjoying life on Siesta Key, FL, with 
my wife June. We spend summers in New Hamp- 
shire to be near our three children, Marilyn, 
Robert Jr., and Ronald." ▼ Bob Morrell has 
worked at Brunswick Coal and Lumber Compa- 
ny for 43 years and has not retired yet. He has 
four grandchildren. "Took up golf two years ago 
and recendy enjoyed a week at Myrtle Beach, 
SC, with three friends — great time! Enjoy golf, 
fly fishing, gardening, wood turning, etc." 


Ben Pearson, Secretary 
7 West Street, Byfield, MA 01922 

▼ Ed Tarbell competed in The 1990 
Newport-to-Bermuda Race and the Monhegan 
Race, also New England Championships (Mar- 
blehead) and local races. He has two sons who 
are married, another son in Florida and a 
daughter at UNH. He enjoys tennis and rowing. 


Richard Cousins, Secretary 
71 Federal Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 

▼ The loss of Shep Sikes is deeply felt, 
and on behalf of the class, I offer sympathy and 
condolences to Polly, and to his daughters, Les- 
lie and Diana. T A mid-February note from 
Frank Hinckley, mailed in Sarasota, reports 
plenty of golf and bike-riding. May will mark his 
40th wedding anniversary. Congratulations and 
all good wishes. T Paul Withington reports 
"Dru and I have three grandchildren — two girls 
and a boy. We are both healthy, but aging. The 
reunion was really great; we've got to get those 
stick-in-the-muds to come to our next one." ▼ A 
note from Arch Kingsley states, "Have an eight- 
year-old son playing mite hockey here in Easton, 
MD. I've become so enthused that I am now 
playing adult no-contact in the Saturday Night 
League. Only contact is when we can't stop!" ▼ 
Warren Furth has written from Geneva, "I have 
been keeping up a busy retirement. Working for 
WHO (World Health Organization) part time as 
a consultant; working for ACA (American 
Citizens Abroad), a special interest group con- 
cerned about the welfare of Americans overseas; 
and working for the Association of Former 
WHO Staff Members as a member of its Exec- 
utive Group. In my spare time I travel quite a bit 
and have recently become a fervent collector of 
antique maps." Warren's note was particularly 
timely, from my viewpoint, as an example of 
what retirement is like. T I retired this past 
January 31 in my 39th year at Bank of New En- 
gland in Boston, where I worked as an invest- 
ment portfolio manager for personal trusts. So 
far, I am trying to learn how to be retired, and 
am enjoying it. 


45th Class Reunion 
June 14, 15, 16 

George Duffy, Secretary 
Claybrook Belfast Road, Camden, ME 04843 

T Thanks for responding to my recent 
notes, pleas for information and reminders of 
our Fabulous 45th, June 14, 15 and 16. As I 
write to you now, the big event is only three 
months away. Plans are beginning to take shape 
and will gather momentum in the next few 
weeks. It looks like we'll have a good turnout, 
but I've still not heard from many of you. So do 
let me know and soon. Here's what those who 

have written say: ▼ Bob Waugh writes from 
Harwichport, MA, to say that he'll be with us for 
at least some of the festivities and that (bless 
him!) he's willing to serve on the infamous 
Reunion Committee. Bob moved to Cape Cod 
last May from the Albany, NY area. He enjoys 
being back in the Bay State and is very busy as 
a sales agent to the paper industry. He and 
Debby vacationed in Florida in March and will 
be tanned and healthy when we see them in 
June. T Alexander Fraser Draper, known as 
"Sandy," hopes to be with us in June, and indi- 
cates that he may be able to serve on the Reun- 
ion Committee. Hope so, Sandy. T The 
redoubtable Doug Miller will be among the June 
celebrants. He reports that his health is 
"improving by leaps and bounds" (great news!) 
and is back in the GDA classroom again. Doug 
is now a grandfather, since son Mark and wife 
produced Shelby Anne Miller on December 6. 
Doug says it's "nice to discover grandparent 
privileges." ▼ George Peabody will join us for 
the 45th. He's looking forward to all the hap- 
penings and sends his best to all. ▼ Paul 
Gaudin will make the trek from Savannah come 
June, hopefully bringing his wife. He may also 
be able to help on the Reunion Committee. T 
Bob Chamberlain, unfortunately, won't be able 
to make it. We'll miss you, Bob. T Old roomie, 
Ed Maxson, will leave Three Rivers Stadium in 
Pittsburgh for a spell in June to enliven our 
proceedings. It'll be great to see you, Max, and 
thanks for your willingness to help us out on 
the aforementioned Committee. T Dave Flavin 
hopes to join the happy throng and, with the 
comment "whatever you say, George," may be a 
committee member as well. The more the merri- 
er, Dave! T Lyndy Watkins looks to be our 
long- distance attendee, for he'll be heading 
Byfield way from Kemah, TX, with wife Marilyn. 
Having sold their retail sailing business over a 
year ago, Marilyn has formed a desktop publish- 
ing business, while Lyndy is in his 19th year as 
a representative for Boston Whaler as well as a 
retail and wholesale rep for a line of 18' to 20' 
Electric Boats made in California. The latter 
project Lyndy describes as "fun and I'm having 
good success." (Hope it keeps up in '91.) By the 
way, Lyndy, be sure to put that Camp Winona 
vintage tape in your satchel when you head 
Northeast. Can't wait to see it! T That's all for 
now. Opening day vs. Toronto is just a little over 
three weeks away. Here's a prediction: When we 
meet in June, much like 45 years ago, the 
beloved Bosox will be firmly ensconced in First 
Place. See you soon. Be there! 


Dan Hall, Secretary 
20 Hillcrest Road, Reading, MA 01867 

T Bill Philbrick writes, "To the Class of 
'47, a happy and prosperous New Year. I still live 
in Skowhegan, ME, enjoying working, playing, 
grandchildren and living." ▼ John Walker 
writes that he has retired to New Boston, NH, 
after 38 years in the commodity future business 
(wool and then orange juice). He and his wife 
have built a small house and are getting in- 

volved in community projects. He claims the 
secret of retirement is to keep busy, and he 
seems to be doing just that with community 
projects, watercolor painting, figure-carving and 
being attentive to his grandchildren. T Ed 
Rogers refers to himself as an active retired 
judge of the State of Maine. Six of his seven 
children are Bowdoin, graduates and today in- 
clude a vice president of a brokerage firm wed 
to a lady lawyer, a Portland High assistant prin- 
cipal wed to a third grade teacher, a Shearson 
financial consultant wed to an accountant, a 
daughter who acts as adjuster for an insurance 
company and is wed to a manager (believe a 
business manager of some sort but can't quite 
make out Ed's notes), an insurance adjuster who 
will marry in August, a social worker for the 
state just nominated for a Jefferson award and 
the baby of the family who will graduate this 
spring from Bowdoin. The latter is the baseball 
captain at Bowdoin, and Ed indicates he will set 
a record for having the greatest number of chil- 
dren graduate from Bowdoin. He has maintained 
his marriage of 34 years to Joyce who has suc- 
cessfully divided her time between the ever- 
enlarging family and local, state and national 
school boards . . . Can anyone in our class of 
elsewhere top Ed? T Homer Ambrose and his 
wife Marie are living in Northern Virginia in a 
high rise apartment. He writes "she is pretty 
and young, while I am old and fat and complete- 
ly retired. Maybe I should play tennis or jog or 
something, but my inner guidance is to chill out 
as best I can. I am disabled a bit and unable to 
travel, so will miss our 45th reunion. Neverthe- 
less, I will be with you in spirit." ▼ Dana Mayo 
writes, "I was lucky enough to receive the Bow- 
doin prize last spring — the college's highest 
honor. With that in hand, I have decided to go 
out a winner. I have accepted a three-year ap- 
pointment as a research professor (no teaching 
duties), followed by retirement — a pleasant way 
to finish up here in Maine." T Bill Bailey, Dan 
Hall and Jack Deering had a "get-together" at 
their common college (Colby) for a hockey- 
basketball afternoon ... as spectators, not par- 
ticipants! They enjoyed seeing their good friend, 
Nels Corey, whose son is now the Colby hockey 
coach. Bill and Dan played hockey for Nels at 
Colby and Nels, of course, is a GDA grad — 
class of 1935. 


Pete Houston, Secretary 
10 Cross Street, Amherst, MA 03031 

▼ Thanks guys! '48 is definitely back in 
the swing of things. ▼ During a recent vacation 
in Savannah, GA, the Houstons spent the night 
with Dave Hershey '50, resplendent is his vin- 
tage Little Red Schoolhouse tie. T Dick Griffith 
retired in 1986 after 30 years with the Bell Sys- 
tem, now busy volunteering at the U.S. Marine 
Corps Air-Ground Museum at Quantico. ▼ Jack 
Leary's card read like an alumni/ae directory 
with news items about six GDA offspring plus a 
GDA son-in-law. Jack and Mary bought a Marco 
Island, FL, condo to get away from it all. T 
Webster Kitchell continues to enjoy Santa Fe 

and the Unitarian ministry, although in count- 
down to retirement Four of six children married 
this year and two sons who have been serving in 
the Persian Gulf. ▼ Bob Hill does think about 
retiring from the insurance business and their 
Florida property. ▼ He sees Fritz Freeman for 
lunch now and again to get caught up on the 
sports world. ▼ Steve Spacil still has fun as a 
research scientist ("environmental technology"), 
but the retirement house in the Virgin Islands is 
finished and ready. ▼ A nice phone call from 
NH "neighbor" Al Cummings saying that after 
30 years in construction, he has opened a fish 
market in his Troy, NH, garage. T Bill Lind- 
quist writes that he and Doris spend winters on 
Sanibel Island, FL, and summers at Kennebago 
Lake, ME. ▼ Dave Ellsworth comments on his 
mobility as the proud owner of a Beech Sun- 
downer. ▼ Ash Eames is enjoying life in the 
White Mountains of NH with wife Deborah Stu- 
art, although on the foreign front things are not 
so easy in his full time work for non-intervention 
and self-determination in Central America. 


Manson Hall, Secretary 
49 Elm Street, Welksley, MA 02181 

T Leonard Johnson is Director of Ge- 
ophysical Sciences at the Office of Naval 
Research. "Despite the bureaucracy, have main- 
tained an active role in Arctic marine geology 
and will be chief scientist of Coast Guard 
icebreaker Polar Star this summer in a deep po- 
lar expedition with German and Swedish 
icebreakers." T Peter Statler moved to Kauai, 
HI, in December, 1990. He is an active volun- 
teer with National Tropical Botanical Gardens. 
Welcomes visit from former classmates. 


Dan Emerson, Secretary 
19 Doncaster Circle, Lynntleld, MA 01940 

T Dave Hershey writes, "Single, first 
time in 36 years. Three grandchildren, three 
children, one ex-wife, at least one very prosper- 
ous, all healthy. Three grandchildren in Savan- 
nah spoiling grandfather rotten. Still have IDSI, 
a fiberglass company. Tim Greene stayed with 
me a few weeks ago, and looking forward to see- 
ing Pete Houston '48 and Pete Case '49 in a 
few weeks. I'm on intercoastal. Come on by." ▼ 
Don Stanyon writes, "We now have two wonder- 
ful grandchildren— Trishia (six years) and 
Christopher (one year). Our home is now in En- 
glewood, FL. A big "Hello" to all my class- 
mates." T Bob Cushman writes, "Both children 
married happy — one three-year-old grandchild, 
with another due in June. Approaching three 
years to retirement and looking forward to it, as 
banking isn't what it used to be!" T "Only one 
more semester of college tuition and all three of 
my children will be educated," writes Dan Emer- 
son. "Became a grandfather — little girl. Both 
mother and daughter doing well. My business 
continues to be difficult, like everyone else's, but 
we will all survive." ▼ Tim Greene writes, "I 
met for dinner while on a recent Florida trip 

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Class Notes 

with Reg Tbwner (Del Rey Beach) and Dana 
Hershey (Savannah, GA). Reg is becoming more 
active in the public relations field after recover- 
ing from major surgery. Dan's pipe- 
manufacturing company doing well. His children 
are grown and working in various parts of the 
U.S. My business is surviving despite slow 
demise of banking industry." T Dick Patton 
writes, "This past week George and Benni Tul- 
loch were over for dinner while George was on 
a business trip to L.A. George has a super job 
at Graybar Electric in St. Louis. I was named 
first president of the GDA Alumni Association of 
Southern California. We have about 150 mem- 
bers and plan to have two events a year. I am 
working about half time in the institutional 
securities business and plan to fully retire in 
about two years." T Bob Comey writes, "In the 
winter Archon, I mentioned buying an acre near 
Chapel Hill, NC. Kim Page '49 spotted the item 
and did some detective work. It turns out that 
we will be neighbors in a few years in a commu- 
nity called Fearrington, about six miles south of 
Chapel Hill. For the past few months, in addi- 
tion to editing, I've been writing about New Jer- 
sey banking for The Courier-News in 
Bridgewater, NJ. One of my best sources has 
been Tbm Sayles. 


40th Class Reunion 
June 14, 15, 16 

Bud Reith, Secretary 
26 Fermo Drive, Rowley, MA 01969 

▼ Apparently in your approaching senility 
you have forgotten how to write. In YHS's wistful 
appeal for information and commitment to our 
upcoming 40th celebration there were three 
respondents. Even for this class of mental 
wonders, this is a new record for non-informa- 
tion. The Reunion is coming; hopefully you are 
too. If you let me know, I promise I won't let 
George Mc go after you. You know what that 
means if I unleash him on you recalcitrant ones. 
T In any case, Ed Stockwell is still at Bowling 
Green, professing and writing and planning to 
hit Plum Island in mid-July. Says he is buying. 
YHS thinks Ed is in advanced dotage with an 
offer like that to this crowd. T Webster Wilde 
is with Cross Co. for 20 plus years. He has 
promised to donate a Cross pen to a designee 
of YHS. Web, even though I am in awe of your 
kind offer, I fear it may be for naught. YHS is 
not convinced that our peers would ken the pur- 
pose of such a tool. But since hope springs 
eternally, YHS will remember your offer and 
designate a suitable recipient at the upcoming 
reunion. ▼ George Kirkham has somehow sur- 
vived Cleveland for 57 years (YHS believes that 
Cleveland is somewhat west of Worcester) and 
has recently moved even further west to some- 
thing called Carbondale, CO. (Isn't that where 
the Sun sets?) YHS would be pleased for infor- 
mation regarding that unknown and unexplored 
area. George may need a supply package of sta- 
ples and powder to overcome local aborigines. 
▼ George McGregor set a notice that the 

24 The Archon - Spring 1991 

Academy offers overnight accommodations and 
temperance is no longer a school requirement of 
Reunion attendees. ▼ That's all the information 
available. We have to know if you're coming. 
Send information to YHS at Bud Reith, 26 Fen- 
no Drive, Rowley, MA 01969. As a last resort 
you can call at 508-948-2449. 


Rev. Frank Huntress, Secretary 
St. Martin's, 136 Rivet Street, New Bedford, MA 02744 

▼ Dave Powers called from amid those 
hills in Colorado, and it was wonderful to have a 
chat with him for olde tymes. He promised to 
come to the glitter of the East when possible, 
and we shall visit GDA. I want him to ex- 
perience a meal which borders on the heavenly 
nowadays; it is all serve yourself with viands and 
victuals equalling the table d'hote at Chez 
Locke Ober off Tremont Street. For those of us 
who were at the candlelight carol Service, after 
coming away from that dining hall which once 
upon a time sported such delicacies as creme 
chipped boeuf, we were almost too filled to sing 
for our supper. I shall take Dave right to Byfield 
where we will mingle with a memory or two and 
check out the new dorm and field house con- 
struction. He is still wrapped up in musical pur- 
suits, and we all remember his clarinet at Spring 
Dance weekend. I think that some of his notes 
are still lodged in the corners of the Cobb 
Room for us all to revel in. T Also, Gus Boss 
owes me a phone call. You are naughty, Gus, as 
it was that answering machine of mine which 
gave the game away when you were in Boston. 
Now you be sure to call when next in the Hub, 
and I shall drop my prayer wheel for a more 
pleasant pursuit with you around the area. Who 
knows, I might get you into a Celts practice in 
that holy of holies, the Boston Garden, if you 
promise not to cheer for the Suns or any of 
those other renegades out West!! I will do for 
you what has been promised for Dave, so leave 
me a telephone number where I can get back to 
you. ▼ Also, Tim Greene called as well, not 
looking for that highway to heaven, but he is 
anxious that we remember to give to the Alum- 
ni Fund. I fear to have run up Tim's phone bill 
with most pleasant conversation, and this will be 
his last year as director of the Alumni Fund. So 
this letter has a bit of clout and collection to it. 
Do not neglect the Academy who have never 
neglected us in those salad years of our life. 
Reach into that back pocket, get out a bill with 
a few zeros on it, send it along to South 
Byfield, and you will be hooked. Tim still works 
hard for GDA for, lo, these many years, and he 
deserves our gratitude for a service long and 
devoted. ▼ I am working on our 35th Class Re- 
union, and I tell all members of the Class of '56 
— Colby College — that Dave Sorter has a 
bumper week planned. Get those forms back 
into his hands. I mean it when I say . . . don't 
miss this one! Also, I hasten to say that we are 
in reach of our reunion goal of $56,000, and 
this is a perfect chance to have a share in the 
weekend even if commitments prevent you from 
being there. Rube and Wart . . . I'll see you 

there in Waterville. Speaking of reunions, we 
have one as a class next year ... the big 40 
. . . and at this time let us all make plans to be 
together as a class in 1992. Hire those baby sit- 
ters NOW, or better yet, bring the whole family 
along. So plan now for June, 1992, and you will 
be hearing more in due time. T Guy Tudor in- 
forms us, "Last October, I spent some of the fel- 
lowship money on a spectacular "Brazilian 
specialties" tour, led by my co-author Bob 
Ridgely. Over 600 species of birds and 30 spe- 
cies of mammals were seen, a number of them 
quite rare or endangered. We visited the Pan- 
tanal, Mat Grosso, the Rio Negro and several 
locales in the southeast. Brazil is a wonderful 
country (with great food), and I recommend it 
for those who enjoy exotic travel. I was totally 
shocked and saddened to hear of Pete Remis' 
death. We never kept in touch afterwards, but 
he was one of my earliest friends at GDA." 
T Fred and Sue Bowden has at long last 
found a tenant for the property in Pawtucket 
(last year he sold the business); with just a little 
bit of luck this will end in a sale within the next 
few years. What you can collect in 25 plus years 
in cellar, attic and garage is impressive. Since 
Sue is a "thrower-outer" and Fred is a saver, 
this has already created some interesting 
scenarios. "Our move is planned for April first 
(no fooling); our new address will be P.O. Box 
46, Holderness, NH 03245, and the phone 
number will be 603-279-6774. We are continu- 
ing to look at land and homes in the lakes 
region, but have not yet settled on anything. As 
everywhere, there is a lot on the market and 
prices are still dropping. There's no urgency 
since we are both looking forward to a year in 
the "Pinery," the family home on Squam Lake. 
We have begun some improvements there so 
that the breezes are less intrusive and the kitch- 
en will be more workable. Most of our free time 
has been spent in NH, but we did fit in a trip to 
Florida including three days at Disney World. 
(You really can regress to childhood and just en- 
joy.) Also made a trip to Saratoga, NY and went 
to the races, our first horse race and exposure 
to thoroughbreds. We actually made a $30 
profit! These are troubled and uneasy times. 
We're thankful that the impact on us so far has 
been only monetary. It may not be the best year 
to give up working, but both of us want some 
time to smell the roses. Based on last year's let- 
ters, we're not the only ones. Looking forward to 
updates from other early retirees." T Frank 
Stockwell writes, "Married to Lee Sparks on 
March 16, 1991 in Stamford, CT. Currently 
living in Darien, CT. Also I am pleased to 
announce that I am a grandfather for the first 
time. Grandson Evan Stockwell (GDA '80) re- 
sides with parents Whit and Lisa in New- 
buryport." T I have a sure thing in the 
syndicate with UNLV, so I am to hustle home to 
watch my investment in action. For once I have 
something as reliable as those Publishing House 
Sweepstakes forms, so I could be a winner. 
Blessings to all of you, dear friends, and to your 


Bill Pinkham, Secretary 
RO. Box 369, Glenmore, PA 19343 

T Perhaps you read the recent article in 
the Smithsonian Magazine about a Yale class 
secretary so desperate for class news that he in- 
vented a classmate who lived a fantasy life and 
achieved international notoriety, which ultimately 
resulted in his demise. Fortunately, we are 
blessed with a enough news, so I don't have to 
resort to devious means to stir up interest. (So 
far...) T Mark Lowell writes that Marita and he 
just returned from a five-week motor trip to visit 
relatives in Indiana, Oklahoma, and California, 
where they spent time with their son, Gus, and 
also saw the Grand Canyon and auto races in 
Phoenix. Hope they took Gus some water. T 
Charlie Palmer says all is well in Boston, 
although the economy is real bad in New En- 
gland and particularly Boston. ▼ Don Tracy 
sends greetings from the Tracys on the Maine 
coast. Says he's semi-retired, but not bored at 
all. Still has three children at home. The older 
three have left the nest and have their own fami- 
lies. The youngest is almost 10, and Don is in 
the middle of building a go-cart for racing down 
the hill in front of the house. Don says it keeps 
him young and that he may even take a turn on 
the go-cart if he can get Andrew to haul it back 
up the hill. (His next letter will be from the 
Portland Hospital. You'll be able to catch this 
event on America's Funniest Videos...) He sold 
his business and now works part time in multi- 
level sales involving Matol. He wonders if anyone 
has tried it ("Km") yet? (This is new terminology 
to me ... It must be Maine talk. T Another 
"retiree" is Windy Gale who, having moved to 
the Northwest to retire at 53, found that six 
months was enough. He discovered that the op- 
portunity for promoting self-funding for employ- 
er group and administering the product is wide 
open in that part of the country ... so he's back 
to work, starting a new company, and he loves 
it. ▼ On January 1 of this year, Tbm Windle 
became president and sole owner of Mrs. Helen 
H. Priem, Inc., a real estate firm well known in 
the Boston area for handling expensive homes 
for corporate clients. The firm dates back to 
1965 when it was formed by Tom and Mrs. Pol- 
lock and Mrs. Priem. After Mrs. Pollock left, 
Tom and Mrs. Priem built the firm to a sales 
force of 17 people. Congratulations, Tom! ▼ 
James Parkes is practicing orthopedic surgery 
in New York City. He's beginning his 18th year 
as team doctor with the New York Mets and is 
also a consultant for the U.S. Tennis Associa- 
tion. Says tennis is another fun sport. He's also 
associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery 
at Columbia University. His two daughters both 
work in New York City. One works for the La- 
dies Home Journal, and the other works for Jim 
Henson Corp. (The Muppets); and Jim's wife 
Margaret takes care of them all. (Sounds like 
fun.) Jim sends his best to all. ▼ Dave Abram- 
son writes that his ad agency is surviving in a 
tough market. He has a new marriage and a 
four year old daughter, making a total of four 
daughters. One daughter has been in Nicaragua 

for seven years and is about to make Dave a 
grandfather. One is cooking here, one is a 
sophomore, and one is an eighth grader. In six 
years, Dave will be ready to have Don Tracy 
send him the go-cart plans. T Many thanks to 
all for the news. There's been a significant im- 
provement in penmanship in recent months as a 
result of my misinterpretation of scrawls and 
scribbles. T Phil Smith says he may ring our 
bell when he's in PA. I hope others will do the 
same. Let us know if you're going to be in the 


Michael Smith, Secretary 
1315Merrie Ridge Road, McLean, VA 22101 

T Dick Michelson writes from Seattle 
that he's heavily involved in the 777 program at 
Boeing. Dick keeps fit with an active outdoor 
program of skiing, climbing and back packing. 
He adds that "my years at GDA gave me a solid 
foundation for a wonderful life. Thanks go out 
to all who were involved." ▼ Gardiner and 
Sonja White became grandparents for the first 
time on April 9, 1990 but are none the worse 
for the wear. T John Mayer's son, Andrew, has 
joined his dad in John's office in Youngstown, 
Ohio. John promises to take the Class Secretary 
to lunch when he comes to Washington, as 
John's other son now lives in the Capitol area. 
T Your friendly Class Secretary and Deborah 
became proud parents of their second son, 
Christian, who was born on September 26 last 
year in Washington. Two boys under the age of 
two keeps us busy, to say the least, but we are 
as happy as clams. 


George Gardner, Secretary 
53 Woodbury Lane, Acton, MA 01720 

Art Patrons: 

Trustee Bill Ardiff 55 enjoys Kittie Mercer's 
GDA art show with the artist's daughter, 
Carolyn Mercer McFadden. 

T Allen Keith started a new job as port- 
folio manager at the Robert Wood Foundation 
on January 30. He is pleased that he doesn't 
have to travel in New York City anymore. ▼ 
Bernie Michals reports that he runs the Ber- 
nard Michals Insurance Agency in Boston. Two 
sons work with him; a third is in college. Bernie 
has kept up his interest in ice hockey. He played 

semi-pro for four years and became the national 
director for AHAUS and president of the Hock- 
ey Equipment Certification Council of the U.S. 
After college Bernie spent four-and-a-half years 
as a Lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Shangrila 
CVA-38. T Please keep the postcards, letters, 
press clippings and videotapes coming! Please 
fill my mailbox. T Where is Ed Luneburg? 


35th Class Reunion 
June 14, 15, 16 

Jim Dean, Secretary 
RFD Box 720, South Berwick, ME 03908 

T In the starting lineup for our 35th 
GDA Reunion, it's the committee of Art Balser, 
Tbm Elder, Jim Dean, Jim Finger, George 
Needham, John Tisdale, John Wilson, Capt. 
Joe MacLeod. We guarantee our attendance and 
hope to see other classmates for the great ex- 
change of years 1952-1956 "war stories." At least 
a dozen others have committed to attending Re- 
union Weekend, and we're looking for a lot 
more! Let's make our 35th a real event! 


Joe MacLeod, 35th Reunion chairman, and 
class agent Tbm Elder confer during the Boston 


Lyman Cousens, Secretary 
11 Penwood #9. Penacook. AW 03303 


▼ Bill George retired from the CIA in 
1963 and since then has been president of the 
CIA (City Insurance Agency) and a partner in 
the CIA (Covert Intelligence Associates). If you 
need a homeowner policy or a background 
check on your daughter's boyfriend, both CIAs 
are in the Haverhill, MA phone book. Hope 
work hasn't hurt his golf swing. ▼ Speaking of 
fluid golf swings, Jeff Fitts could never quite 
compete with Bill or me, but his New Hamp- 
shire roots are impressive. A lovely second home 
in Wolfeboro and sons at N.E. College and 
Plymouth State Jeff took over the family insur- 
ance business in Framingham. Hope to see him 
and wife Sandy this summer. ▼ We all knew Ge- 
orge Starbuck was destined for success when 

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Class Notes 

he was elected chairman of the Vesper Ushers. 
Bucky went to UVM and never looked back. In 
addition to a very successful business career, he 
spends time fishing the Atiantic in his 60' Egg 
Harbor, while residing in Grand Isle, VT. ▼ 
Tbrn Chalfant was my roommate junior year and 
has recovered nicely. Since obtaining his Ph.D. 
at University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Doctor 
Chalf ' has taught at Alabama State in the En- 
glish Department, specializing in the English 
novel. T Perry Lunn wrote a wonderful note 
about our good friend Bob Linberg. Thanks 
Perry, I really appreciate it. T Eugene Bouley 
writes, "My son, Kenneth, graduated from Notre 
Dame last spring, the last of four to graduate 
from college. Three daughters, of which two 
were graduated from Boston College and one 
from Duke. Robyn and Justin are my two grand- 
children living in Denver, CO. Just finished a 
summer project at Harvard on NSF grant in 
Project Esteem. For the next three years I will 
be presenting Esteem workshops for teachers in 
earth science so that we can improve hands-on 
science teaching in secondary schools. Wife 
(Terry) and I are enjoying empty nest syndrome, 
and traveling all over the country to visit our 
four children and see the geology." 


Ralph Ardiff, Secretary 
238 Conant Street, Danvers, MA 01923 

▼ I received six responses to my first let- 
ter as secretary for the Class of 1958. T Mike 
Dunsford reported from Lake Tahoe that he is 
starting design and construction of a new home. 
He reported that the last home that he built 
cost him a wife and many bucks; so this time 
his new wife is running the show. He also 
reports that the skiing at Lake Tahoe has been 
excellent this winter and that he is thinking seri- 
ously about making it back to South Byfield for 
our 35th Reunion in 1992. ▼ Our entre- 
preneurial class president Demi Read has 
formed his own real estate brokerage and con- 
sulting company known as Sweetser & Read, lo- 
cated in South Dartmouth. Demi decided after 
many years to give up the daily trek into the big 
city where he has been executive vice president 
of a major Boston real estate brokerage firm. He 
loves living and working in the same town. Demi 
also reported that his son Josh is at Colorado 
State University and his younger son Zack is in 
the eighth grade. He will be hosting a GDA 
reception in April. ▼ My senior year roomie 
Newt Lamson reported that he is president and 
CEO of Dowley Communications, which is 
prospering in this dismal economy. He is also 
president of his country club; so it is fair to as- 
sume that Newt is still a pretty fair golfer. He 
pointed out that I was pretty brave to get in- 
volved with the secretarial duties, but I daresay 
that Newt is the brave one. He and his wife Pat 
have two small children— Quinn, three-and-a-half 
and Peter, one-and-a-half. He is also the proud 
father of Anne and Caroline, 26 and 22 respec- 
tively, by a former marriage. ▼ Bob Kirkland 
reported that his return to singles life after 25 
years has been a surprisingly mellow event. T 

Don Cray came "out of the woodwork" and 
reported that he and Noel (his wife of 25 years) 
own and manage Sandwich Auction Gallery on 
Cape Cod. This is no small-scale venture. It 
handles some exciting art and antiques, includ- 
ing a toy fire truck which sold for $77,000.00. 
They have even sold some oriental carpets to 
Nuffy Withington. They have two boys in Col- 
lege at Colby and Dartmouth respectively, and a 
third son, Daniel, who is a junior in high 
school. ▼ Speaking of Nuffy Withington, there 
was a great article in the Boston Globe about 
Locke-Ober, a distinguished and world-renowned 
restaurant in downtown Boston, of which Nuffy 
is a proud owner. There was no mention in the 
article of any discounts or complimentary cock- 
tails for GDA classmates, even if we arrive 
properly attired. Stay tuned. T I can't sign off 
my first secretarial report without expressing the 
deep sorrow and sense of loss felt by the Class 
of '58 on the death of my freshman year room- 
mate and Milestone editor, Frank McGuire. 
Frank was a talented writer who possessed won- 
derful and literate wit. After graduating from 
Yale and B.U. Law School, Frank returned to 
his hometown of New London, Connecticut 
where he practiced law for 25 years, first with 
his father and later with his younger brother, 
Jim. Frank was extremely active in civil affairs 
and gave a great deal of himself to his commu- 
nity. The Class of '58 extends its sympathies to 
the entire McGuire family. ▼ I hope to hear 
from more classmates as we begin to approach 
our 35th Reunion in a couple of years. 

Mirick Friend, Secretary 
50 Dorset Road, Waban, MA 02168 

T Charlie Langmaid writes: "Still living 
in Vail and running Charlie's Gondola Ski Shop. 
Skiing this year has been great. (East coast to 
the contrary.) Call for up-to-the-minute factual 
reports: (303) 476-1700. Daughters are in town 
this winter and tearing up the racecourses. Sum- 
mers have been busy windsurfing in Maui and 
enjoying summer in Vail." From a brief conversa- 
tion I had with Charlie's daughter, Kim, I 
learned that she is working part-time at the 
shop and competing in snowboarding. ▼ Brian 
Marsh responds to my letter with the following: 
"Two years ago I sold my private company to 
Citicorp/Citibank, who then proceeded to retire 
me at the ripe old age of 48. Unexpectedly, but 
unworried, jobless, I have transferred my con- 
centration to other fields, in particular charitable 
work for the Marsh Christian Trust, a ten-year- 
old grant-making body." From a precis of the 
Trust that Brian sent me, I can report that total 
funds have grown from 75,000 pounds in 1982 
to 831,000 pounds in 1990. Charitable payments 
of 29,000 pounds were made to 53 organiza- 
tions in 1990. The Trust's support is broad- 
based: medical-healthcare and research; social 
welfare; museums and art galleries; environmen- 
tal causes/animal welfare. We can all admire Bri- 
an for his philanthropy. Brian, his wife 
Aleksandra and three children (two teenagers 
and two-year-old Antonia) spent several weeks 

on the Cape (MA) last summer visiting the 
Birds. ▼ Geoff Lewis pens that he is doing well 
and still in D.C. He and Terry have two children: 
Rebecca (17) and Jenn (13) who "keep us 
young." He would welcome any calls and visits. 
▼ Peter Sherin is spearheading the goal of es- 
tablishing a Bill Brian Memorial Scholarship 
Fund to be funded by us classmates. The in- 
come from the fund will be used to provide 
financial aid to a GDA student. The Brian family 
and over 20 classmates have pledged financial 
support for this fund. If you want to help and 
have not been contacted, please call or write 
GDA and they will get Peter in touch with you. 
Peter, by the way, while still owning and running 
Bell's Supermarket in Beverly (MA), is involved 
in the wholesale produce business as well as 
doing some consulting in the supermarket field. 
T Walt Cannon is "fed up with the legal 
profession messing with the medical profession." 
T During a recent Annual Fund telethon I 
spoke to several classmates. Courtney Bird is 
hanging in there despite the New England econ- 
omy, such as it is, doing residential renovations 
and additions on Cape Cod. Even though he 
has had to lay off two workmen recently, he con- 
tinues to get contracts for work. He and Carolyn 
enjoyed visiting with the Marshes this past sum- 
mer. ▼ Randy Lights wife Joan informs me 
that Randy has formed a new law firm, Rohr- 
bacher, Nicholson and Light, in Toledo (OH) 
that has 6 associates and practices in the gener- 
al, corporate and environmental areas. Joan con- 
tinues to "have fun" teaching first grade. ▼ 
Everit "Tbpper" Jerhune continues in advertis- 
ing and marketing at David K. Burnap in Day- 
ton (OH) with such prestigious accounts as GE, 
NCR and AT&T. Because of a strong new busi- 
ness department, the firm is enjoying continued 
success. T Thank you for your postcards. 
Please keep writing; your classmates do like to 
read about you. 


John Elwell, Secretary 
266 High Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 

T Bob Rimer forgot to mention in the 
previous class notes that his son, Jeremy, is a 
freshman at GDA. Bob writes that it has been a 
great experience for Jeremy and a special and 
exciting one for him and Sheila as it gives them 
a chance to visit GDA and New England. T 
Greg Meyer reports that he has lost over 100 
lbs. since July. (I hope that none of our class- 
mates have found the 100 lbs. Sometimes I 
think I have lost weight, then I turn around and 
find it!) Greg also announces that he got en- 
gaged to Joan Bashein of Vienna, Virginia in 
February. (See what you started, Jim Deveney!) 
Greg is currently taking a Biology course at 
Broward Community College to fulfill his prereq- 
uisites for chiropractic school, hopefully starting 
next fall at Life College in Marietta, GA. (Work- 
ing, getting engaged, taking college classes, and 
preparing to return to college might become the 
new national Meyer's Diet fad!) ▼ Walcott 
Hamilton reports that with the folding of 
Eastern Airlines he is now gainfully unemployed. 

26 The Archon - Spring 1991 

Any GDA alums out there working for another 
airline that could use a good pilot' T Bob 
Adams sent me a note all the way from West 
Newbury. He is still with MITRE Corporation 
(23 years) as a system engineer, spending a con- 
siderable amount of time in D.C., accumulating 
frequent flier mileage. (Obviously not on 
Eastern!) Bob's spare time is spent coaching his 
son's Little League team and for the past seven 
years serving the town of West Newbury as an 
assessor. He reports that he could write a book 
on the reasons he has heard about "why my 
property is overvalued." (Bob, I know how some 
people are, but my property really is...) ▼ 
Stephen Rzewski writes "as a sort of testimony 
to the memory of Roy Ohm, I am currently 
completing my 25th year of teaching French at 
Siena College, located near Albany, NY." Great 
to hear, Stephen, that you are carrying on Mr. 
Ohrn's legacy of excellence. T Don Alexander 
has had the second edition of his Maine Jury 
Instructions published. Don continues to enjoy 
being a Superior Court justice and watching his 
six-year-old daughter, Katherine, play ice hockey. 
(Hope Don doesn't try to rule the hockey 
referees out of order!) ▼ Larry Martin sent me 
a flyer announcing that Rick Benner is offering 
private consultation in career-planning and job 
search strategies in the Charlottesville, VA, area. 
Larry is still a professor at Hampden-Sydney 
College. ▼ Edward Johnsen is owner/president 
of Computer Promotions Corporation in Framin- 
gham, MA. He is a scientist/inventor. T Keep 
those notes rolling in, especially those class- 
mates whom we have not heard from. Take a 
few minutes to give thanks that peace came 
quickly to the Mideast and say a prayer that it 
continues. Well, my time is up and I thank you 
for yours! 


r30th Class Reunion 
June 14, 15, 16 

John Carroll, Secretary 
PO. Box 305, Campbell Meadow Rd, Norwich, VT 05055 

T The Alumni Office recently learned 
Larry Bailey is a lawyer-turned-history teacher 
at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL, a co-ed 
boarding/day school. Boarding school stays in 
one's blood. T Stan Thomas writes, "I am 
divorced and am living in LaCrosse, WI. I 
moved here one year ago when I changed jobs. 
I wonder if Fred Bissell still lives in Dubuque I 
get there on business occasionally." ▼ Alan 
Booth writes, "Both daughters — Stacey and 
Katie — in college. I'm working for Owens- 
Corning as Vice President of Sales and Market- 
ing in one of their divisions. Still playing hockey 
and trying to improve my golf game. Lorine and 
I enjoy traveling when we can, and seeing old 
friends like the Wakemans and Stringers. Saw 
Tim Hill's TV. mystery and thought it was 
great." T Peter Boynton writes, "Technical as- 
sistance teams on programs I run were evacuat- 
ed from Somalia, due to Civil War, and 
Pakistan, due to Iraq War. Turning attention 
now to strengthening education and training in 

eastern/central Europe for development of mar- 
ket economics. Especially welcome contact from 
Polish, Hungarian and Czechoslovakian speak- 
ers!" T Chuck Vaughan writes, "Teaching En- 
glish and foreign languages at Gardiner (ME) 
High School. Married with three children — 
ages eight, four and two. Enjoy sailing on Casco 
Bay in the summer" T Steve Sawyer writes, "I 
returned to Penn last May for our 25th Reun- 
ion. About a dozen of the former oarsmen get 
together for a spin on the Sehuylkill River. It 
was a success — we didn't sink or ram any of 
the other staff. Daughter Julie, who graduated 
from Bucknell in '88 got married last year; no 
grand-kids yet. Wife Laura is very active with 
fish, birds and computers. I long since left Mer- 
rill Lynch and have a small business buying and 
selling rare cans, something I've enjoyed doing 
for decades. Sorry to leam of the recent deaths 
of Jack Marr and Joe Coolidge — two fun 


Tom Tobey, Secretary 
59 West Portola Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022 

Burke Leahey, Secretary 
160 King Caesar Road., Duxbury, MA 02332 

T It seems to me that the first order of 
business needs to be to thank many of you for 
responding to our letters of last fall. The news 
has started to roll in. We appreciate your con- 
tributions. ▼ I am happy to report that Doug 
Coupe is still a vice-president at State Street 
Bank & Trust Company in Boston. His disc 
jockey business continues to thrive as well. With 
the resurgence of the crew cut, I can just pic- 
ture Doug in this disc jockey role! ▼ John Dorr 
writes, "I am co-producer/director/editor/ camer- 
aperson of the Linnan Literary Series: 26 one- 
hour video programs on major poets, including 
Nobel Prize winners Octavido Paz and Czeslaw 
Milosz, Alice Walker, Allen Ginsberg, Gary 
Snyder, etc." ▼ How well I can recall Sunday 
mornings during junior year when Peter 
Machinist would be delightfully lost in his New 
York Times. Peter would cut out articles of in- 
terest, particularly those regarding archaeology. 
So it is not surprising, yet wonderfully appropri- 
ate that Peter will be leaving the University of 
Michigan to assume an appointment at Harvard 
University as Professor of Near Eastern Lan- 
guages and Civilizations. Peter will be succeed- 
ing his former teacher at Harvard as the holder 
of the Hancock Professorship of Hebrew and 
Other Oriental Languages (Harvard's third oldest 
professorial chair, going back to the 18th centu- 
ry) commencing in January, 1992. T A few 
items in from the pen of Jim Gordon. Jim was 
at the 25th, as was Peter B. Jim has three chil- 
dren of three, five, and eight years. Jim adds 
"that's all!" Jim and his family are settled in the 
Pacific Northwest in Bellevue WA, a Seattle 
suburb. He is a VP with Smith, Barney there. 
Jim is not the only one who bemoans the fact 
that GDA wasn't coed when we were there. Then 
again, the Spring Dance wouldn't have been as 
much fun to look forward to. ▼ John Fay 

writes from his home in York, PA, that he and 
his wife Joyce are grandparents twice over! John 
is in business with two brothers manufacturing 
sodium molybdate Being in Pennsylvania, I am 
going to guess that this product has something 
to do with the steel business. The business must 
be going well as John also breeds Arabian 
horses as a hobby. John got the marriage bug 
after five years in the Society of Jesuits. John ex- 
tends an invitation to members of the Class of 
'62 to come to visit if you are in the area. T 
Ken Pouch checked in to report that he is living 
in Hartford. He is Controller of Group Pension 
Division with CIGNA. It is hard to believe that 
Ken's oldest is at Dickinson College, his son is 
at Westminster School in Simsbury and a youn- 
ger daughter in Jr. High. Ken's wife manages a 
local clothing store. Ken has pledged a return 
for the 30th. He had his alumni whistle wet a 
couple years back when he and his brother 
returned to sing with Art Sager on Alumni 
Weekend. Great! T Time moves on. Andi 
Whittemore reports that his son Andy (age 24) 
is in the mergers and acquisitions business with 
Paine Webber in the Big Apple. He has another 
son following family tradition at Trinity College. 
Andi and Rhodie also have a teenage daughter 
as well as an AFS student "terrorizing them at 
home." Andi, who was back for the 25th, is now 
chief of vascular surgery at the Brigham and 
Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School. ▼ 
It was a delight to have a response from my in- 
quiry as to the whereabouts of Tim McNally. 
"Trees," as Tim was affectionately known back in 
'62, is alive, well and living in Thompson, CT. 
Tim is a one time lawyer turned businessman. 
Tim has built his own home, acting as carpenter, 
architect, plumber, etc. Tim now owns a dis- 
tributorship of tumbling, abrasive blasting and 
partswashing metal finishing machinery and sup- 
plies. At last tally, Tim and his sculptress wife 
have two cows, two cats and no kids. Thank for 
the update. T Apologies to Ed Kleven for align- 
ing him with Paul Revere and the Raiders when 
it was The Kingsmen! As I guessed. Ed is still 
an agent for TV., radio and sportswriters. 
Among his current clients are Paula Lyons of 
Good Morning America, Peter Gammons and 
other local talent Ed has already signed on for 
the 30th also. T 

John Davagian writes that construction busi- 
ness is suffering with the slowed economy. John 
and his lovely wife Joyce have a daughter in col- 
lege and John III awaiting college acceptance 
Davag gives volunteer time as the V.P. of Youth 
Soccer Association and coaches, too. The 
Davagians were there in force at the 25th. Let's 
hope to see them again at the 30th. ▼ As I 
have followed the Archon in recent years. I am 
pleased to see the Class of '62 represented on 
the Board of Trustees by Steve Kasnet. I was 
sorry to miss Kas at the 25th. although I under- 
stand he was there at the front end of the 
weekend. We appreciate your support. Steve af- 
ter all these years. ▼ As it turns out, Mac 
Donaldson has purchased a second home about 
20 minutes ride from GDA in Ipswich. Mac is 
finishing his 20th year with Digital Equipment 
Corporation. He and his wife are experiencing 

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Class Notes 

their first year in an "empty nest," with both 
daughters off to college. Mac still fishes, hunts, 
plays golf and bowls. He has also expanded into 
such exotic sports as apple growing. How well 1 
recall those hikes through the woods to the 
cider mill on an idle Sunday afternoon. T We 
are inaugurating a new feature in the '62 
column, as of this issue, which will be to feature 
a classmate that we haven't heard from for a 
while. As was mentioned in our recent letter 
soliciting class news, I tracked down Chris Fer- 
ris. I found Chris in Philadelphia. Chris has 
been married for ten years to a gal he affection- 
ately called "Andy." They have three children, 
ages 14 months, five and eight. Chris is in the 
real estate business and hopes to be on the cut- 
ting edge when Philadelphia becomes the mid- 
Atlantic hub of the future. When you are think- 
ing of moving your corporate headquarters to 
the Philly area, give Chris a call. He's already 
there! One thing I learned in my call was that 
Chris and 1 shared a Vietnam tour at roughly 
the same time. It was wonderful to catch up on 
the old times and the new. T If you would like 
an exercise that is bound to tweak your memory 
and is guaranteed to make you recall some of 
the good old days, then take up the alumni 
directory and call up a classmate, an old room- 
mate, or a teammate whom you haven't heard 
from in years. You will discover that there still is 
something there after all these years. Once 
you've done it, write to us so that we can share 
your news with the rest of the class. If this edi- 
tion is any indicator of what's to come, we are 
on the road to having one of the best turnouts 
for a 30th reunion ever. We have heard from 
close to 20% of the class in the past three 
months. Keep those postcards coming. It is won- 
derful to hear of where you are and what you 
are doing. It will be even better to look each 
other in the eye come June, 1992. Some things 
do come full circle — like music. This past 
weekend I revisited a musical group that I last 
saw in a live concert at the Donnelley Theater 
in Boston in 1959 — The Kingston Trio. The 
old tunes of MTA and Sloop John B took me 
back to days at GDA when we saw the passing 
of Buddy Holly and the arrival of The Beatles. 
Perhaps we could revive that infamous group 
from '62 of Andi W., Peter Buck and Steve 


Bob Fullerton, Secretary 

Stonedam Island Road, RFD #1, 

Box 907, Meredith, NH 03253 

T Four cards this time, actually one hold- 
over and three new ones. We seem to be hold- 
ing onto our average in regards to the number 
of responses per issue, but I'd certainly like to 
see the percentage improve over time. T Bob 
Fullerton: "Finally finished the building of our 
new home immediately adjacent to the tiny cot- 
tage we spent the previous four years in. Actual- 
ly, 'finished' probably isn't the proper term from 
the female perspective, in that there's still a 
good deal of painting and decorating to be 
done; but, at least from my point of view, the 

28 The Archon - Spring 1991 

serious stuffs behind us and it's now time to 
start enjoying Lake Winnipesaukee — one of 
the major reasons we moved up here in the first 
place. We certainly would like to have classmates 
drop in (if you can overlook some deficiencies in 
wallpaper and final-coat painting)." T Robert F 
(Benny) Mann: Married again — can't live 
without "you know what." "Am national sales 
manager of Horizons Publishing and president 
of Realty Locators of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida." 
▼ Bob McGilvray (holdover from Winter Ar- 
chon): Soon to begin design of an all new 
residential high school/college in Vancouver for 
Japanese students. "My children are in grades 
one and two (French immersion program). My 
wife continues work with cystic fibrosis patients 
and travels frequently in this regard. I am again 
teaching part-time at the University of British 
Columbia. Cross country skiing starts soon. 
Cheers!" ▼ Bob McGilvray: Appointed vice- 
chairman of the City of Vancouver (B.C.) Advis- 
ory Urban Design Panel; teach landscape archi- 
tecture at the University of British Columbia; 
practice architecture; cross-country ski as often 
as possible with wife Barbara and children, Alex- 
ander, eight, and Marysia, six. "We feel very 
fortunate to live in a beautiful place which has 
few "big city" problems. Best regards to all!" 
(There seems to be an inverse relationship be- 
tween the distance lived from GDA and the 
regularity of corresponding. Thanks so much, 
Bob. Are we "locals" going to let him do that to 
us?!?!? Ed.) T Mark Petri: "My wife Anne and I 
are happy to announce the birth of Eliza Mor- 
gan Petri (Class of 2009! Ed.) on November 28, 
1990. She keeps me young! The advent of the 
30th Reunion makes me wonder if we're really 
that old. Best wishes!" ▼ Thanks to all. See 
you in the summer. 


John Mercer, Secretary 
167 Main Street, Amesbury, MA 01913 

T The Reverend J. Lee Potter has spent 
a great many pence on transatlantic correspon- 
dence with me during the past several months. 
Most of his missives comprised clippings from 
English newspapers, which clippings have kept 
me very much up to date with the British world 
view in these eventful months. He also included 
in one letter some travel advice: "If any class- 
mates are wary of flying to London, a neutral 
airline such as Aer Lingus or Swissair may re- 
move the trepidation. Despite recent I.R.A. ac- 
tivity, London is safer than U.S. cities, as a 
study of comparative crime rates will show. It is 
a great place for walking." Perhaps I should also 
mention that Lee, in the most tentative of politi- 
cal persuasions, did include a year's supply of 
stickers emblazoned with "FREEDOM FOR 
LITHUANIA." The Reverend Mr. Potter may be 
assured that these will be used effectively. ▼ 
Lou Higgins reports, "I can confirm your report 
in the last Archon. Peter Bragdon is a devoted 
brook trout hunter and is (even if given to 
hyperbole) far more credible on the subject of 
fishing than a lot of anglers — for example our 

President." ▼ On January 6, I got a look at 
Charlie Parker, skating in the Alumni hockey 
game. Charlie is still big. What he may lack — 
not to say that he lacks anything, mind you — 
in mobility and quickness, he easily makes up 
for in reach and general ferocity. He was, I am 
sorry to report, the oldest alumnus on the ice. 
After the game, when he and I went out for a 
few fried clams, he told me how things were go- 
ing for him (well), but failed to reveal his rea- 
sons for needing to return to GDA to beat up 
on his juniors. T Ralph Johnson reports: "I am 
alive, well, reasonably happy, somehow involved 
with the GDA Board of Governors and Executive 
Committee. I am trying to take 40 or more 
singers to Czechoslovakia in July 1991, but the 
war is interfering with our plans. I guess I 
appreciate GDA more today than in 1964." T 
Steve Hobbs reports: "Shortly after our 25th 
Reunion, I was transferred to Adanta as the 
Manager of Policy and Procedure Compliance 
for one of Goodyear's subsidiaries (Air Trends, 
Inc.). We do aircraft tire retreading and wheel & 
brake service for military and commercial appli- 
cations. Do drop in if you are flying by. Other- 
wise, have them land first." ▼ Hold on to your 
hats; I have news from John Lewis: "I got mar- 
ried to a woman from Tashkent, USSR. I knew 
all this traveling would get me in trouble. She 
has a 16 year-old son, who says the math he 
studies in San Francisco High School he 
learned five years ago in the USSR." After this 
short, but fascinating, installment from John, I 
hope for more. T For myself, I have been en- 
gaged deeply in GDA Alumni Association work, 
my business is chugging along, and I'm planning 
to be in the Adirondacks for a whole month this 
summer. Perhaps more germane, at a recent 
meeting of the Tuesday Night Club in New- 
buryport, I had the pleasure of hearing Peter 
Bragdon propose a toast: "Here's to Martha 
Mercer, class of 1995!" It's true, another Mercer 
at the school starting next fall. Wish me well; 
she'll do fine. 

T Andres Echavarria sends his regards 
to the Class of '64 — and especially Terry Golden 
— through Don Balser. Andres writes that he 
is married to Diana Barro, the daughter of 
Colombia's president, and they have two child- 
ren, Antonio (two-and-a-half) and Lucia (nine 
months). As a result of terrorism and threats to 
their family, Andres writes that he and his family 
are currentiy living in Paris. 


Ken Linberg, Secretary 
6775-A Pasado Road. Goleta, CA 93117 

T Greetings to all! I'm happy to report 
that at last rain came to California, the western 
paradise where over 20 percent of our class cur- 
rendy resides. Quite a sense of relief to see flow- 
ers and green grass again. And quite a lot of 
news from fellow class members this time; I 
thank each of you for keeping in touch. ▼ Sor- 
ry to hear from Jack Gregg, "If anyone read 
about the high-rise office building fire in 
Philadelphia, they might be interested to know 
that it consumed my office. I was on the 29th 

floor. All is gone, both the worthless and the 
worthy. The move, however, will be easy — no 
excess baggage." A great attitude to what must 
still remain quite a shock. Glad that you're OK, 
Jack. ▼ Brock Callen recently reported that all 
is well with him and his family. Two of his three 
children are in college — one at Brown and one 
at Drew. The youngest is yet at home. T Arnie 
Morton is starting his fifth year as owner of the 
Little Art Cinema in Rockport, MA. He 
expresses a sentiment surprisingly common to 
many of us, namely that he "feels so much more 
compatible with my GDA classmates than I do 
with my collegiate counterparts." Well, we're 
glad; this feeling is a solid reason for us all to 
continue getting together at every opportunity. 
T Johnathan Bickley was divorced in 1990 and 
has custody of his 13-year-old son. He is work- 
ing as a media executive in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 
T Peter Imber remains active and vigilant at 
the west coast bureau of ABC News. He, his wife 
Mira and son Gil live in Sherman Oaks, CA, 
and, save for a few pesky attic leaks, were exult- 
ing in the rainstorms that were just beginning as 
he wrote. T Great to hear from Dwight Nichol- 
son who writes that he is well and living in Salt 
Lake City, where he has co-owned an archi- 
tectural firm for the past five years. For recrea- 
tion, he and his wife together with their two 
sons, ages eight and 14, take every opportunity 
to explore the spectacular back country of Utah 
in their VW camper. T Al Chase, his wife Sue 
and four sons are thriving in Exeter, NH, where 
Al has just completed his third year as one of 
three pastors of the Bethany Congregational 
Christian Church. To his surprise and delight, 
one of his newest parishioners is Val Wilkie's 
sister! Al and Sue had a very memorable two 
weeks in Campus Crusade for Christ. One 
result: his church is sponsoring a young couple 
from Timisoara, Romania, to attend the Gordon- 
Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamil- 
ton, MA, for three years. Meanwhile, Alan Jr. is 
in the throes of the college entrance gristmill 
for next fall! Good luck! T John MacKenzie has 
some terrific news: "After a five-year southern 
swing, I will be returning to New England in 
July, as I have recently been appointed head- 
master at Worcester Academy. Looking forward 
to a new and bigger challenge Hope I'm up to 
it!" Congratulations John. We're all sure you're 
up to it, and hope you enjoy your new post for 
years to come. T In early March I spent the 
night at the lovely new five-bedroom, three-bath 
home of Craig and Pam Johnson in Los Olivos, 
CA. Stepsons Jason, 11, and Joshua, nine, par- 
ticularly enjoy having their own rooms and the 
accompanying independence that such space al- 
lows. The Johnson home is right in the middle 
of the Santa Ynez Valley wine country — 
perhaps a site for a future gathering of class- 
mates?? While there, I shared photos and 
memories of my summer visit to Finland, Lenin- 
grad and London. T Soon thereafter I left for 
the east coast where Chester Parasco and I 
briefly interrupted John Haydon at his work- 
place, and also made an impromptu invasion of 
Mark Starr's Newsweek bureau office in Bean- 
town. He reports that all is well with his wife 

Karen and daughter Sarah. Sadly, our hopes of 
seeing Henry Horenstein, who frequently gets 
together with Mark, proved impossible this time, 
but I look forward to seeing him soon. Chet 
spoke of a recent and greatly enjoyed two-day 
visit with Russell Thomas, who had traveled 
from Austin, TX, to see relatives in Cambridge. 
T Once again ensconced in California, I en- 
joyed a lengthy conversation with an ever- 
enthusiastic Gary Leahey, who continues his 
work in the insurance industry at his Santa 
Monica-based office. He and his wife along with 
their three children (daughter, 11; sons, five and 
seven) live in West Los Angeles. He regrets not 
having been able to attend the Reunion, enjoys 
hearing about what the rest of us are up to, and 
hopes to see many classmates in the future. 
With any luck at all, Craig, Pam and I will see 
him, as well as Steve Rolfe, in mid-April at the 
next gathering of the GDA Alumni Association 
of Southern California. The evening promises to 
be fun-filled, it being held at Paramount Studios 
and hosted by GDA benefactor Ted Bergmann 
'37, father of our own Doug Bergmann who we 
hope will also be in attendance. T In early May, 
assuming I survive our yearly skirmish with 
those tiresome animal rights clones, I'll be at- 
tending our annual vision research conference in 
Sarasota, FL, where I'm looking forward to see- 
ing Fred and Suzi Shepard. 

■ ]66 

25th Class Reunion 
June 14, 15, 16 

Laurence Hilliard, Secretary 
2835 Carleton Drive, Jackson, MS 39212 


John Whitmore '66, 25th Reunion chairman, 
contacts classmates during the Boston 

▼ Don Hudson reports that he made "a 
radical career move" three years ago when he 
left the publishing business and opened a 
residential landscape construction firm in the 
Los Angeles area — Coastal Landscape & Patio 
of Mission Viejo, CA. With phenomenal popula- 
tion growth in Southern California, business has 
been great. Don said he has not had to drive 
more than 10 miles to a job site since starting 
the business. For fun, Don and his wife have 
taken up ballroom dancing, and won a bronze 
medal in Cha-Cha at a regional competition in 
Los Angeles. ▼ After 15 years in Washington, 
DC, Tim Keeney returned to his native Connec- 

ticut this year as the state's commissioner for 
the Department of Environmental Protection. 
Tim also has been promoted to captain in the 
U.S. Naval Reserve. He has four children, Clint, 
17, Tim, Jr., 15, Emily three, and Lucy, one. T 
David Holmes, one of the "fat fullbacks" on 
GDA's 1965 league championship soccer teams, 
has been head soccer coach at Western Ken- 
tucky University in Bowling Green University 
since 1984. He has two sons. T Dr. Roy Hope 
is in private practice general surgery in St. Paul, 
MN, from where he reports that his latest fun 
endeavor is the Living Poets Society. He didn't 
say whether Robin Williams is a member. Roy 
said his four children are getting older "but I'm 
not!" Hopefully (pun intended), the former 
115-pound wrestler hasn't gotten any bigger than 
he was at the fifth class reunion 20 years ago. 
T Jack Trickey is operations manager of Sun- 
dae Brand in Chicopee, MA, and recently start- 
ed production of Citrus Hill Orange Juice Jack 
and his wife Judy, have three children, five-year- 
old Samantha, four-year-old Jacob and two-year- 
old Nathan. ▼ Don't forget our 25th reunion 
June 14-16. Tim, Roy and Jack plan to attend 
and Don hopes to make the cross country trip. 


Ben Beach, Secretary 
7207 Denton Road. Bethesda, MD 20814 

T Don Congdon writes, "I am living 
alone in Concord, NH, and home weekends with 
my three part-time janitor jobs. I also do latch- 
hooking, play guitar, and go bowling. I also get 
to play basketball once in a while and am look- 
ing for a girlfriend. I thank Ben Beach and Ge- 
orge Swift for having stayed in touch with me" 
T The original Rusty s Bottle Shop continues to 
do well, reports proprietor Russ Bolles. Because 
the store is within ten miles of New Hampshire 
it can operate on Sundays, and sales have been 
brisk. Russ and Lillaine often travel to their 
getaway in Newport, VT, on the Canadian bord- 
er, for snowmobiling and other activities. Russ 
has a niece who has just finished her sopho- 
more year at GDA. T Phil Congdon is a hard- 
core volleyball player (both two-man and six-man 
teams) in Boulder, CO. "Good friends, good 
volleyball, and good beer" make Boulder the 
ideal place Phil reports, but he expects to break 
away for some East Coast fun when the class 
celebrates its 25th reunion. ▼ Sears is on the 
way up after some tough times, says Ray Huard, 
who is the inventory systems manager watching 
over the chain's women's apparel. Ray and Gina 
have started buying, renovating, renting, and 
selling apartment buildings in the Chicago area 
to build up a college fund for their four chil- 
dren. Last winter. Ray debuted as a basketball 
coach, working with seventh and eighth graders. 
"I'm making sure they learn the fundamentals." 
Ray says. He is working out the details of a 
challenge match (tennis and perhaps other 
sports) for the 25th reunion, with the losing 
doubles team making a nice donation to GDA. 
Chuck Davis, beware ▼ Ralph Perkins and 
Paul Hemmerich, far north boys whose names 

The Archon - Spring 1991 29 

Class Notes 

were associated more with ice than with water, 
have daughters on the same swimming team in 
southern New Hampshire. ▼ Chicago Title & 
Trust portfolio manager Bill Dougherty claims 
he's just "stayin' alive, keeping four kids ages 15 
to eight going, laundry clean, snow shoveled, 
cars repaired, etc." But Bill has managed to buy 
a used 16-foot sailboat that he hopes to spend 
at least a little time on. He's also on the Chica- 
go World Cup '94 Committee, helping with 
logistics for this "miniature Olympics." ▼ Jay 
Ryder paid a surprise visit on George Swift in 
Stuart, Florida. Jay has moved from Palm 
Springs to Fairfield County, CT, 
where he's trying to rustle up investors for golf 
course guides he hopes to do for resort areas 
around the country. He has already published 
one for the course-rich Palm Springs area. Jay 
says he has located Hugh Munro in Mattapoisett 
and hopes to get together with him soon. T 
Rivers Country Day School Dean of Students 
Harper Follansbee is on the committee search- 
ing for a new headmaster. Son Seth, a Rivers 
freshman, started on the varsity soccer team, 
which tied GDA last fall. "No divided loyalties, I 
must admit," said Harper. ▼ His GDA co- 
captain from soccer days gone by, Rich Bray- 
ton, now has a second son, born in August, 
1989. Rich has his own architectural firm in San 
Francisco, specializing in interior work. T Jeff 
Wood is director of conference planning for the 
Direct Marketing Association in New York City. 
He books and negotiates between 100 and 150 
meetings a year, but still manages to fish quite a 
bit in the reservoirs of Westchester County, 
where he, Barbara, Cristine, Brad, and one Scit- 
tles (a cat) remain happily settled. T Heb 
Evans' lacrosse genius lives on. The Michigan 
Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 1990 was Don 
Gay, who guided University of Detroit Jesuit 
High to a third-place finish in the state tourna- 
ment. T Mike Miles, a long-time lover of film, is 
the owner of Broadway Video at 9 Broad Street 
in Lynn. Mike's working six full days a week to 
make his business go. ▼ David Marsh is teach- 
ing pediatrics and public health at the Aga 
Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. 


Carl Spang, Secretary 
RFD 1 Wiswall Road, Newmarket, NH 03857 

T 1990 was quite a year for the Class of 
1968. It was a year when many of us turned 40, 
a milestone which did not pass without some 
moments of reflection on some of the bigger 
questions about life, like "who am I, REALLY?" 
or "what do I REALLY want to accomplish with 
my life?" or "how am I REALLY going to pay 
for my kids college educatioa?" Seriously, 
though, we have turned out to be resilient, ener- 
getic, and adventuresome in our 40's as we were 
in our teens... in some cases, more so. While 
turning 40, a surprising number of us started 
new careers or new families, or both! Many of us 
have had to deal with major personal and 
professional challenges, emerging from them 
with more vigor than before. Judging from the 
cards and letters I have received during the past 

few months, the Class of 1968 has not let the 
business of turning 40 slow us down. We are 
still, I am happy to report, a force to be reck- 
oned with. I am also happy, very happy, to 
report that I received a record number of letters 
and cards from classmates this year. Turning 40 
seems to improve one's writing skills and in- 
creases the need to communicate. Don't know 
why, but it is great to hear from everyone. So 
here's the news from the Class of 1968. And 
Happy 40th, everyone. T Josh Burns has 
opened his own law office in New York and is 
specializing in civil trial advocacy. Josh and Ka- 
ren Murdock were married on April 14th of last 
year. Josh and his son, Alex, are avid skiers, and 
Josh writes that he finds himself becoming a 
"racer chaser" as Alex becomes more involved 
in ski competition. T Art Veasey, his wife Su- 
san, and their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter 
Helene vacationed on Squirrel Island, near 
Boothbay Harbor in Maine, last summer, where 
he was visited by Jim Rudolph, who was on a 
sailing vacation. Jim reports that other than a 
few extra pounds and a receding hairline, Art 
still looks like he did back in 1968. Vacationing 
in Maine must keep you young. Art is now a 
senior vice president at Cambridge Trust Com- 
pany, and Jim is a partner in the law firm of 
Gargill, Sassoon, and Rudolph. T Congratula- 
tions Wayne Barbaro, whose son Andy started 
GDA last September. Wayne writes that he and 
his wife Jayne are very proud.. .and that "all else 
is great." ▼ And more congratulations go to 
Steve Robinson. "After 37 years of bachelor- 
hood," he writes, "I married a wonderful woman 
from Enfield, CT, Patricia Kinnane." Steve is in 
the residential and commercial real estate busi- 
ness in Newburyport, and concludes that he 
"couldn't be happier" ▼ Chris Page marked his 
ninth anniversary with Frank B. Hall Insurance 
last August, as well as his 17th wedding anniver- 
sary. Chris has received his CPCU degree, quite 
an achievement as this is the highest designa- 
tion in the property and casualty insurance busi- 
ness. Not one to rest on his laurels, Chris was 
also elected chairman of the Union Congrega- 
tional Church in his home town of North Read- 
ing, MA. Chris writes that he bumped into Scott 
Foster, who is living in Fitchburg, MA, with his 
wife and two children while running the family 
insurance business. T And yet more congratula- 
tions! A daughter, Ann Katherine, was born to 
Peter and Joyce Barkin on July 8th of 1990. 
Peter is practicing pulmonary medicine at Emer- 
son Hospital in Concord, MA. T Dave Westcott 
writes that his sons Drew (ten) and Spencer (six) 
enjoyed being at our class reunion so much that 
they both would like to attend GDA. Dave is 
president of the Soper Wheeler Tree Farm in 
California, and been often visited by Charles 
Johnson, who lives in Sacramento, CA. Charles 
is a regional soil scientist with the U.S. Bureau 
of Reclamation. The Bureau, Charles notes, is 
the largest water agency in the west, which 
makes life very busy during California's fifth year 
of drought. Although he is in the Naval Reserve, 
Charles did not go to the Gulf as part of Desert 
Storm... but went to Alaska for his reserve duty. 
He was unable, however, to visit with Dan Ogg, 

who lives in Kodiak. ▼ Harry Kangis reports 
that one child is out of college and another 
nearly done. He extends his sympathies to class- 
mates who are still looking forward to the ex- 
perience (thanks, Harry!). Harry is at Proctor 
and Gamble, managing the marketing of several 
low-cholesterol food products. ▼ Dave Mitchell 
observes that 1990 was the year that many us 
will tum 40, and writes to say that he firmly be- 
lieves "old" to be a state of mind and knees. 
Dave has left his job with NFL Properties to 
"try my hand at designing, marketing, and sell- 
ing licensed sports products," with Signal Athlet- 
ic in Greenwich, CT. Best of all, Dave's change 
in business address has eliminated a two-hour-a- 
day commute into New York City. Dave writes 
that life on the home front is great. His youn- 
gest, Tom, was recently married and is off on 
his own. Words of encouragement and hope for 
those of us who have children in or entering the 
teen years. For those of us with younger 
kids . . . well, it's all a state of mind and knees, 
right? T I received a note from Denny Kenney 
just after the last Archon deadline, so the news 
is somewhat old. 

Denny reported that he and his family have 
moved to Cairo, Egypt, where Denny serves as 
project manager for the construction of a mas- 
sive wastewater treatment plant. As Denny's note 
arrived before the conflict in the Gulf evolved 
into Desert Storm, we all hope that Denny and 
his family are still far from harm's way in that 
part of the world. T Paul Covey writes that he 
is living in Binghamton, NY where Bill Madden 
also resides. Paul has recently joined the real es- 
tate profession, working for Coldwell Banker, 
and Bill serves as tax counsel for the Security 
Group of New York. T A note from Boots 
Brown says that he and Martha have moved 
from Boulder, CO, to Durango. They are in the 
process of starting a farm and commercial nurs- 
ery that focuses on using all organic agricultural 
techniques (no petrochemical fertilizers). Sounds 
like a wonderful place to have our next class re- 
union! T I got together with Rick Schiess and 
John Sowles during my 40th birthday party last 
October. They both are doing well and it was 
great to have the moral support. We had 
planned to do some cross-country skiing this 
winter with Robbie Lord, but the snow cover in 
Durham failed to materialize this winter. I did 
get in some downhill skiing this winter, however, 
ending the season with a visit to John Wannop 
and his family in Woodstock, VT We (my wife 
Judith, daughter Dana, and son Eric) had a 
wonderful time skiing with the Wannop 
kids... who, like their father, are all Dartmouth 
Hockey fans. T Late last fall, I received a great 
letter from Don Hayes, posted from Amsterdam 
where he is opening an international office for 
Optical Disk Corporation. Don was one of the 
founders of Optical Disk in 1982, and has been 
working in Europe and the Far East during the 
past year, an activity that has allowed him to 
"perfect the atrocities often attributed to the 
traveling salesman." Don's work with Optical 
Disk has demanded a great deal of his time over 
the past eight years, and he is anxious to attend 
a GDA reunion to compare "bald spots, beer 

30 The Archon - Spring 1991 

bellies, and other artifacts of our sojourn on 
earth." Maybe a good theme for our 25th reun- 
ion? Maybe not. Keep sending those cards and 

Return Engagement: 

After an absence of many years, brothers 
Mike Shay '69 (second from left) and Jay Shay 
'68 (far right) returned to campus this spring 
and received a tour from Tbdd Bairstow '91. 
Joining them were Lisa Burke (at left) and Mary 
Connor, to whom Jay had become affianced 
that day. 


Jeff Gordon, Secretary 
Shewn, Gordon & Co., RO. Box 669, Newport, RI 02840 

T The recent mailings from the class 
have produced some news from the far reaches 
of New England. Perhaps the paucity of news 
has something to do with the obscurity of the 
last class mailing which attempted, however un- 
successfully, to answer the age old question: is 
there in fact a radio club after all? Having not 
received any news to the contrary, suffice it to 
say that Slats Slocum has acquired the rights to 
publish the memoirs of Dave Francis, whose 
electronics and sound company continues to 
produce the concert sound systems for such 
artists as Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, and 
Elvis Presley. T This piece was featured in The 
Hollywood Reporter on February 11, 1991. 
"Fred Lyle has been named VP of music for 
Universal Television. Lyle previously served as 
associate producer and music coordinator on 
Miami Vice, music coordinator on Crime Story, 
co-producer on Private Eye and Capital News, 
and music supervisor on LA. Take Down and 
TV 101. Fred got married November 21, 1987 to 
Robin Evans. She is an actress. ▼ Advice from 
Josh Miner: life ends as we once knew it for all 
of us in the class of 1969; we all turn 40 this 
year, so make the most of it. What exactly did 
you have in mind, Josh? ▼ Peter Wheeler was 
so impressed that he was written up twice now 
in these notes, that he sent me a recent 
brochure which he had printed up about him- 
self. Synthesizing the 1400 pages down to one 
sentence, he wishes everybody would buy more 
Grateful Dead records. T Steve Handy writes 
about his recent travels in the warmer climates: 
"Was in Baghdad 60 days before the Iraqis in- 
vaded Kuwait, and in Somalia in September four 
months before the government there fell in a 
bloody civil war" Should we read in any connec- 
tion, or is timing simply everything? T Albert 
Nelthrop writes that he is in a private legal 
practice in Allentown, PA. He recently visited 
his home in St. Croix and invites all classmates 
to visit and get shown around by his relatives. 

Does this include the Cruzan Rum Factory, Al- 
bie? Shel Sacks has opened his six-hundred- 
and- thirty-second dental clinic somewhere north 
of here and wishes to tell anyone who will listen 
that drilling doesn't have to be painful after all. 
Only his golf stories are unbearable. T Gary 
Martin has been elected a fellow, American Col- 
lege of Surgeons and a fellow, American Acade- 
my of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a fellow in the 
Jolly Old Fellows 

Club of Maine. He skis with his four children at 
Sugarloaf where he can practice his professional 
skills, setting broken legs in the base lodge. T I 
recently had dinner in New York with Michael 
Shay, who runs the very distinguished auction 
house, William Doyle Galleries. It must be dis- 
tinguished, because he picked up the tab! T 
Carson Meehan is living in Columbia, SC, has 
two children, and is a VP in charge of Agency 
Sales with Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His golf 
handicap (according to Peter Dorsey) is 16, but 
he continues to play professional football in his 
spare time for the Minnesota Vikings. T Steve 
Lee, on the other hand, lives in Plympton, MA. 
He organizes the Shaw's Supermarkets' expan- 
sion and renovation activities. He has two chil- 
dren and is currently busy raising $750,000 for 
a library in his town. T Art Schultz and wife, 
Cynthia, live in Palo Alto, CA, where Art is in 
charge of real estate operations for Hewlett 
Packard. He is searching desperately for a house 
to buy out there, having looked at over 300 of 
them already. My advice: move to Cleveland. T 
Finally, the source of much of this foolishness is 
Peter Dorsey who, as always, is working very 
hard to be elected to the Jolly Old Fellows Club 
himself. His efforts on the phonathons bring 
much appreciated information my way for these 
notes. He and his wife Susie are busy trying to 
manage their new son George who, with every 
passing day, is acting more and more like Peter, 
which is to say, like one of the Three Stooges. 
His real estate business is prospering on the 
North Shore of Boston. T Thank you to those 
who have sent in comments. Please send more. 

70 ^^^^ 

Randy Whitney, Secretary 
65Nashoba Road, Concord, MA 01742 

T Guy Swenson climbed Mt. St. Helens 
with daughter Sara (nine) last August. "He's also 
training Sara, Eric (six) and me to crew on our 
J-24 on Lake Ontario. "Substitutes welcome!" 
writes his wife, Gayle. "And sometimes he act- 
ually goes to work." 


20th Class Reunion 
June 14, 15, 16 

Mike Mulligan, Secretary 

Thacher School. 5025 Thacher Road, Ojai, CA 93023 

▼ Charles (Chip) McClure is vice presi- 
dent and general manager of joint ventures for 
Johnson Controls Automotive Systems Group. 
Wife Sarah and children (C.G., five, and 

Elizabeth, two-and-a-half) are enjoying lake 
living in Michigan. ▼ Not much else to report. 
Everyone seems to be keeping their stories for 
Reunion. John dayman and Barry 
Burlingham are trying hard to coordinate the 
effort. Let's all be sure to save the dates for the 
rendezvous at Byfield! Twenty years? Seems like 
half thaj. 


Geoffrey Durham, Secretary 
26315 West Ivanhoe Road, Wauconda, IL 60084 

▼ Charles Bouchard writes, "Enjoying — 
with my wife, Anne, our 10-month-old son, Ge- 
orge. I am practicing ophthalmology in the 
Department of Ophthalmology at Loyola Univer- 
sity Medical Center near Chicago." ▼ Dick 
Oedel writes that after thirteen years of marri- 
age, he and his wife welcomed a new son, Wil- 
liam Kincaid Oedel, on January 3, 1991. Dick 
works for Spir-it, Inc. in Wakefield, MA. T Bri- 
an Lenane and his wife Susan work at GDA. 
Susie is a mathematics teacher and Brian is the 
Director of Studies, following Dick Leavitt and 
Ben Stone. Ben was recently at GDA for a visit. 
T Ken McGuire started his own company, 
McGuire & Company, in August, 1988 in Port- 
land, ME. They sell and install temperature con- 
trol systems in commercial buildings. Ken 
reports business is growing fast. He windsurfs in 
his spare time and recently took up snow board- 
ing. T Harrison Smith has been busy raising 
three children — Oke, Jr. (Clayton— 11), Okla 
(Julia— nine), and Okette (Rachel— three). He 
works part-time as a clinical psychologist with a 
private practice, and manages the family busi- 
ness (a personal holding company). He fits in an 
occasional round of golf. Oke's plans are to at- 
tend the 20th reunion. T Steve Routhier writes 
from Windermere, FL that he and his wife Tora 
(Victoria) have been married since 1983. They 
have two fine little Ninjas— Zach, five, and Alex- 
andra, three. Steve is in his seventh year with 
Hard Rock Cafe International, where he is vice 
president, creative director. His work causes him 
to travel a lot. He has been to Bangkok to 
decorate the new unit there Steve noticed that 
my friend from Casper — Pete Williams — is 
the Pentagon spokesperson. T Bill Frost 
reports all is well in Beverly, MA, where he has 
been since 1975, teaching the junior tennis pro- 
gram at the Bass River Tennis Club. He is in 
the real estate business, too. ▼ Mike Driscoll 
works for COMTEK Exposition in Wilton. CT. 
managing the largest computer show in the 
USSR. He is now launching "Consumer Elec- 
tronika Moscow '91," which will take place in 
Moscow in September. He and his wife scuba 
dive in the Grand Cayman Islands between trips 
to Moscow. Mike asks Tim Straus to leave his 
phone number and a message next time he 
calls. ▼ Life has not changed much recently for 
Geoff Durham. I am working at Allstate Insur- 
ance Company in Northbrook, IL. My fifteenth 
anniversary is this June. 

The Archon - Spring 1991 31 

Class Notes 


Deborah Eames McClement, Secretary 
113 Cornwall Road. Burlington, CT 06013 

▼ Gary Haselton and his family have 
moved from coastal Maine and are now living in 
the Burlington, VT, area. Gary's wife Cyndi has 
just completed her first semester at the Universi- 
ty of Vermont Medical School. With Cyndi's 
class schedule and exams every three weeks, 
Gary has found himself taking on the role of 
"Mr. Mom" to their four children! Gary and 
Cyndi's 11-year-old daughter Hillary is a member 
of the prestigious Nordic Soccer League. In 
addition to these domestic activities, Gary is also 
busy with "finish" carpentry work. After several 
years as a builder and surveyor, Gary is also 
planning to establish a CAD-oriented business 
servicing architects and surveyors. ▼ Gary also 
mentioned during our phone conversation that 
he and Cyndi attended the wedding of Tbny 
Hall to Miss Una Moneypenny this summer in 
Hamworth, NH. Tony and his bride are now liv- 
ing in the Ithaca area. 


Peter Arnold, Secretary 
22 Belle fontaine Avenue, Framingham, MA 01701 

T Ok you guys, much of this column is 
written by Deb Adams, so I'll give her credit up 
front! I do have news of my own, so here's the 
scoop from us both. T Debbie Pope Adams 
just had a wild surprise birthday party set up by 
her husband Tbm Adams '76 to celebrate her 
35th birthday. Debbie the Happy-go-Lucky 
mother of two doesn't look a day over 29! ▼ 
Alexander Andrews has recentiy become a 
partner in the law firm of Ulmer & Berne in 
Cleveland, Ohio. ▼ David Appleyard is tan, still 
loves a good party and beautiful women. He'd 
love to hear from you: (603) 964-2214. T Peter 
Arnold went skiing in Maine with Steve 
Bottomley this winter. T Rick Atwood hasn't 
changed a bit. He's still riding his Harley and so 
does his wife. ▼ Jeff Beach has celebrated his 
tenth anniversary, has two kids and works for 
The Kingston Nursery. ▼ Carl Bosch is happily 
married and the father of six year old Megan. 
He works in the Defense field and has been very 
busy due to the Gulf War. T Steve Bottomley, 
along with three others, bought a golf course six 
months ago in Candia, NH. They thought they 
could hire someone to run the club, but that 
didn't work out and Steve took over as the 
managing director. He is enjoying this new job. 
They named the course Candia Woods Golf 
Links, Candia, NH. He has set up a GDA course 
discount so please visit. While you're there, say 
hello to his pet Poodle "Momar" T Ray Brooks 
got tired of working for the City of Boston (who 
can blame him) and is in great form. ▼ Gordon 
Campbell has worked 11 years as a manager at 
I.B.M. in order management systems. He enjoys 
playing with his two year old son, Steven, in his 
free time. ▼ John Cohen, an avid N.C. Basket- 
ball fan, continues to work in the jewelry busi- 
ness and has had several great trips to ski in 
Utah. T Jim Connelly has been very successful 

and is now VP of Sales and Marketing for Curtis 
Manufacturing. His company sells many products 
to the office products industry. ▼ Ron Gannett 
now has three children — Jason who is 9Vfe, Jes- 
sica who is 4'/2 and Benjamin age 1. Ron works 
at the South Shore Bank in Lynn, MA. T Tbm 
Huffsmith is dealing in massive real estate and 
probably has two children now. T Mark Hughes 
is in England and ▼ Steve James writes, "I was 
upset to hear about Lee Peterson's death. He 
was a good guy who joined me at many GDA 
telethons. On a more upbeat note, our second 
daughter was born on 11/7/90, Carter Isabella." 
T Dan Johnson reports he's gotten older, wiser 
and better living in Florida. T Jeff Jones pulled 
together the Jones Boys Insulation Group. ▼ 
Lois Maxfield works for Head Start and T Joe 
Kenneally is soaking up the sun in New Mexico. 
▼ Seth Kilgore has won the Guinness Book of 
World Records for most business messages in 
five minutes— total 33. He also relayed most of 
the information you received about Lee Peter- 
son. T Sally Brown sounded terrific on the 
phone when we last spoke and ▼ Randi 
Lapidus Birenbaum hasn't aged a bit and has 
two beautiful children. T Steve Lefemine has two 
children and a great wife. He works for Warren 
Pumps. ▼ Jim Leonard continues to hibernate 
in the North woods of Maine. If any of you 
know any info on Jim or other classmates please 
write. ▼ David Long is in Savannah heading up 
Davalong Systems. T Matt McClain is a de- 
velopment and communication writer/consultant 
living in Philadelphia. Matt has been very fo- 
cused on helping the state of Pennsylvania gain 
federal funds for Aids Research. T Tim McClel- 
lan we've lost, so if you know of his where- 
abouts, call or write. ▼ Pam McElroy got 
married last summer and T Kim Potter is up in 
Canada with ski crazy kids, an MBA and is an 
expert in basketweaving. T Tbm Palmer is up 
in Bangor (I think) and T Jim Peabody is a 
doctor in New Orleans practicing voodoo (only 
kidding!) T Bill Rudow is into videos and T 
Raul Sanchez works for Sailboard Outlet in Sal- 
em, MA. T Gerard Shoen is a hot lawyer in 
North Carolina and loves antique cars. T David 
Schumann owns his own salon— Lin Hair on 
Newbury Street in Boston. T Jon Sendor works 
and runs too hard in Chicago. T Steve Shapiro 
is highly successful at Wheelabrator Technolo- 
gies and T Andrea Lipsky is drop-dead gor- 
geous with three children. ▼ Carol Bendetson 
Shube is the best mother any one child could 
ask for and is chief consultant for Shube Li- 
quors. T Bill Skaff is into tie-dyed t-shirts and 
T Bob Spaulding is doing great in Kennebunk- 
port. T Tim Statler is up to his knees in ce- 
ment, or should I say Statler Ready Mix. ▼ 
Julia Stevens I tried to reach for comments. ▼ 
Daniel Sze has two children and is happily liv- 
ing in Beloit, Wisconsin working for the Beloit 
Corporation. He is heavily involved in the 
Research department which plans and manufac- 
tures 300 million dollar paper machines. 
T Courtney Wang married a warm, gorgeous 
gal named Jayne Ann last summer at the Wang 
Center. It was a great, gala affair. T Steve 
Winer is still schmoozing all the ladies in the 

tennis court and T Dave Williams is at the 
Long Island University— let us know what's hap- 
pening at LIU! T Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't Wooly 
was he? Yo Wooly! Seriously, Wooly Woolson is 
married with two kids and president in charge 
of Wiggins Concrete. ▼ Karen Yesair was in su- 
per form at our last reunion. She lives in 
Byfield. ▼ Debbie Pope Adams is selling cor- 
porate parties for Cedardale Athletic Club. In 
her free time she is getting heat to get you guys 
to send money. She says she knows some of you 
gave, so this applies to those of you who should 
be sitting with a guilty conscience: "Please take 
the pressure off me and send what you can. If 
you don't, I am being forced to call you. 
So . . . HELP ME! Also please write or call and 
let me know your info." 


Greg Pope, Secretary 
29 Whittier Street, Amesbury, MA 01913 

T This is our last Archon of the year, 
and the response was a little limp. But, Jim 
Roome has been found! Jim is alive and living 
in the Philippines, where he continues to dive 
professionally. Currently he is working in Brunei, 
deep-sea diving on off-shore oil rigs. He actually 
got Christmas off this year, which was a rare oc- 
currence. When I saw his brother Reggie 
Roome in Cambridge, he intimated that "Romo" 
is secretly married with 27 children. Hope to 
see you at the 20th, Romo; please keep writing." 
T Bruce Kennedy writes, "We are still living on 
the Canadian Border at Cobum Core, ME. In 
late June or early July we expect our second 
child to be born. I am working as an immigra- 
tion inspector and hope to transfer either to the 
Border Patrol to become an immigration inves- 
tigator. It was good to see those who came to 
the 15th Reunion. I hope that more can make it 
to the 20th!" T Richard and Susie O'Leary 
have had a baby boy! Congrats! Timothy Robert 
O'Leary was bom December 19th in Greenwich, 
CT. He is the fourth O'Leary born this year. 
John Spencer O'Leary was bom in July to Bill 
and Libby O'Leary '73; Matthew Phillip O'Leary 
was bom in October to John and Liz O'Leary 
'69; and Jacqueline Grace was bom in October 
to Mike and Kathy O'Leary '70. It is worth not- 
ing the O'Leary's have already contacted Mike 
Moonves for a volume discount for the class of 
2009. T Audrey Grant writes to tell what a 
great job the new class secretary is doing. 
(Right... Thanks Loads.) Audrey has recently 
returned from Japan. She was there attending 
classes in flower design (Skebama) school in Tok- 
yo and visited the Flower Expo in Osaka. Gary 
and Audrey plan sailing on warmer waters to 
break up the cold winter season. Isn't that a long 
sail back, Audrey? ▼ Wendy Lougee O'Brien 
writes that she is now the mother of a baby girl, 
Alicia York, bom 2/11/91. Congratulations from 
all of us; hope everyone is well! T David Cain is 
living in Salem, NH, with Janet, his wife of three 
years. They have a son, Nicholas Zachary, bom 
on Thanksgiving this past year. David is restoring 
antique cars and boats. Thanks for the update! 
▼ Tbd W. Pitstick lives in Jacksonville, FL, and 

32 The Archon - Spring 1991 

has for the past 10 years. He is an "immuno- 
hematologist" at the Florida-Georgia Blood Alli- 
ance. He has recently bought a pecan grove on 
the St. Johns River and hopes to become a "gen- 
tleman farmer" His address is Route #2, Box 
3520, Palatka, FL 32177. Great to hear from ya. 
T Pam Pandapas is still at law school in 
Moscow, ID, which is like the American Siberia. 
She writes to us from the bowels of the law 
library and hopes to emerge at least in time for 
the 20th. ▼ Keith Esthimer reports he enjoyed 
the 15th, but wants to know where Dave Ingras- 
sia and Hossain Majdi are. He is working for the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts and resides in 
Franklin, MA. Keep looking over your shoulder, 
Keith; Governor Weld wants you! T Michael 
Sapuppo has moved to San Francisco with his 
girlfriend, Lisa, in March of 1990. Both have had 
dreams of moving to the Bay Area for years. Em- 
ployment is a little tight, so he has been wind- 
surfing for eight months out of year. Mike says he 
needs new sails, so we're taking up a collection. 
Please send checks to Greg Pope in Greg's name. 
Mike misses family but welcomes any former 
classmates going that way to call (415) 
925-9621... collect. T And now..."HEARD ON 
THE STREET:" Jay Taggart was seen recently 
on ESPN as the tag team partner to American 
Wrestling Champ "Hulk Hogan." Jay reports he 
still moonlights as an off-Broadway dancer. Keep 
those cards and letters coming! T Jamie White 
was found outside of London's Kuwait Embassy 
recently where he was entering a "Saddam Hus- 
sein look-alike contest." Jamie has grown the 
mustache that was thought impossible during 
GDA days. T Jack Swenson reports that he is 
still lecturing on special expedition cruises in 
Mexico, Costa Rica, and Venezuela. Recently, 
while on a jungle tour, Jack was kidnapped by a 
tribe of pygmies that are holding him hostage for 
his collection of "George & Barbara" photos. 
Better quit that freelance work, Jack! T Spencer 
Purinton reports he has had a reduction opera- 
tion and now stands at 5' 3". It is rumored that 
he was touring with his mentor Mike Dukakis, 
and felt uncomfortable casting a shadow. Hope 
you like your new wardrobe. That's all for now! 
All in good fun. 


15th Class Reunion 
June 14, 15, 16 

Carol Goldberg, Secretary 
500 East 85th Street, §6C, New York, NH 10028 

T Reunion is coming! Reunion is coming! 
I have a small committee of people who will help 
me call all of you over the next couple of 
months. Just two short months until Reunion by 
the time you receive this Archon. If we haven't 
chatted with you by now, we will! Remember: 
June 14-16, Byfield, MA! Be there! 


Joe Pietrafesa, Secretary 
5209 Faklawn Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066 

T Mark Vorreuter writes, "I'm suffering 
through another winter of snow and ice while 
truck-driving and getting grey hair from it! My 
wife, Maryl, is studying at Wells College full-time, 
and my son Jake is in second grade, and an 
orange belt in Karate. I'm his favorite punching 
bag, and I look forward to his next belt with 

78 ^^_^ 

Leslie Lafond, Secretary 
459 High Street, Hampton, NH 03842 

▼ Jami Bougas writes, "I'm living in San- 
ta Cruz, CA, working at University Baptist 
Church ministering to jr. high youth and college 
students. I'm appreciating the opportunity to 
serve Christ and make a difference in people's 
lives. The weather is a gift, and I'm enjoying ev- 
ery moment of my sockless days!" T Anita 
Heffron Fisher and husband Dan have two chil- 
dren, Kristen, age four and William, age two. T 
Thomas Diehl writes, "Post-Doc at Fermi Na- 
tional Accelerator Lab doing particle physics." 


Abby Woodbury, Secretary 
60A Gorham Avenue Apt. A, Brookline, MA 02146 

T A small but raucous group gathered at 
Lord Bunbury's in Faneuil Hall in March (see 
photo). T Debbie Baker Black and husband Jim 
"had a beautiful baby boy born December 14; 
Harrison Maclntyre Black. Kim Saunders Brown 
stopped in for a visit. It was great to see her. 
Very, very happy to be a mom." Husband Jim, 
who, as predicted by his wife, was fashionably 
late, is working at a pharmaceutical company in 
Cambridge. T Kim Brown and husband Randy 
were the prompt arrivals. Kim continues to enjoy 
her work as a physician's assistant at the Lahey 
Clinic, and Randy is an engineer; as you might 
expect, Kim was a significant contributor to the 
merriment. T Emily Smith (Dave Smith's better 
half) took a respite from Hunter, two years, and 
Amelia, seven months and represented the Smith 
clan. T Unfortunately, Smitty was away from 
home working on ships that were being used in 
the Persian Gulf. T Avery Woodworth, true to 
form, kept the gathering lively with his vivid 
recollections of GDA days. T I attempted to 
cajole Jeff Williams (a Boston resident) into 
attending but to no avail. T Likewise, Susie Pot- 
ter sent her regrets but vowed to make the next 
event. ▼ Elizabeth Jones Burgess was also a 
possible attendee, but with three-year-old Emily 
and baby number two due in June, I think she 
and husband George must have their hands full. 
T Jim Ronan promised he would stop by after 
his basketball game, but it must have gone into 
overtime because he didn't show. Jim "founded 
Ronan, Holmes and Higgins, a law firm specializ- 
ing in civil litigation with offices in Boston and 
Salem. Still living in the North End of Boston." 
T Brad Cavanagh writes he was "with Ray 

O'Keefe and Marty Stephan at Key West Race 
Week in Florida. I am captain of an Ultimate 30, 
Maryland Flyer. Ray is a registered nurse, EMT 
Have a nice day!" ▼ Duffy Bowditch and wife, 
Nancy are expecting their first child in May. T 
Wendy Bixby Cowie says "nothing new in 
motherhood. Katie is now three and Becky is 14 
months — keeping me very busy. Still in Andover 
and doing lots of renovations to keep our sanity. 
I've kind of lost touch with everyone, but love to 
hear updates in the Archon!' T Martha Blake 
Ficke writes "On November 30, 1990 my son 
Andrew Blake Ficke was bom at Yale New Haven 
Hospital. He is a big one weighing in at nine 
pounds, eight ounces at birth. My teaching is on 
hold as I struggle with the first year of mother- 
hood." ▼ Rusty Evans called me for Ian Fitch's 
whereabouts and told us that his son Mick 
turned five in February and daughter Reilly two 
in April. He and his wife Beth have completed 
an addition to their house in Columbia, CT 
Rusty has been working in computer/systems at 
Connecticut National Bank for the past five 
years. T Ian Fitch writes "I'm safely ensconced 
in Pensacola, FL as I have been during the past 
seven months of Desert Shield/Desert Storm. My 
transfer from Hawaii took place shortly after 
Saddam invaded Kuwait, hence the Marines al- 
lowed me to move without requiring my presence 
in the desert. Presently, I'm busy instructing 
would-be naval aviators from the USN, USMC, 
USCG and allied nations as well as looking for 
suitable civilian wear with which to re-enter the 
"real" world in a couple of years." T Steve Jud- 
son is in New York. "It was nice to receive news 
of the old place. I started a company nine 
months ago called Judson Management Group. 
Things have gone very well and I am pleased 
with the new venture. I represent Pavarotti, 
James Galway, the Producers of Saturday Night 
Live, etc., for corporate sponsorship. New York is 
still great fun." T Bruce Lindsay is a dad— "On 
9/12/90 my wife Amy and I brought into the 
world a daughter, Amanda Anne. I am now a su- 
pervisor in a fine art casting and fabrication 
company. Sorry to have missed the 1989 reunion: 
will try again in 1999! 'Hey Bean, what's up?!'" 
T Steve Perry is "still in Hawaii at Hawaii Prep. 
Academy. Enjoying life as athletic director... busy! 
Coaching boys soccer again ... 8 years, 
wow . . . Aloha!" 


Pam Welch, Secretary 
19 Larch Row, Wenham, MA 01984 

T Sally Lee writes, "I hope all is well 
with you. I'm living in Beverly Farms and paint- 
ing oil paintings and selling painted T-shirts. I'm 
having a show this fall. Also doing some free- 
lance graphic design and illustrations. Life is 
treating me well. Pam, I go by your house often 
in Wenham. Nice job on the flowers out front! 
Take care." ▼ Scott Mason recently left his posi- 
tion as bureau chief with WHIO-TV in Dayton, 
Ohio. In February he was named anchor/ report- 
er/producer of a half-hour weekly news magazine 
program to air on five public television stations 
in Virginia and Washington, DC. Scott will be 

The Archon - Spring 1991 33 

Class Notes 

based in Richmond, VA, and plans to get mar- 
ried in October. T Erica Baum is still at Boston 
University running reunions, homecoming and 
alumni awards. She is also busy planning her 
wedding for this July to Chris Goode, and finish- 
ing up her master's in communication. Erica 
wonders: 'Anybody hear from Sally Lee? Jeff 
BaillyV ▼ It's a boy! 8 pounds, 2 ounces. John 
Wise, Jr. and we will be calling him Jack," an- 
nounces John Wise. "For those of you who real- 
ly knew me at GDA, you know this is a big step. 
Hard to believe, eh? Once again, it was nice see- 
ing you all on our 10th. It was nice rekindling 
some old friendships — they have turned into 
new ones. Also, how about some help trying to 
track down Greg Moore? I thought I had his 
number, but it turned out to be Dairy Queen!" 
T Douglas Leathern, a staff sergeant in the Air 
Force, is still in Las Vegas. He's lucky not to be 
in the Gulf, but has many friends who are. Doug 
has another assignment — to Germany in May. 
He hopes this one "sticks," as the last two were 
cancelled. If it does, he will be there for three 
years. Doug sends best wishes to all classmates 
and prayers for anyone with friends or family in 
Desert Storm. 


Alumni basketball players (from left) 
Terrence Talley '81, Kevin Callahan '80, Tim 
Norton '78 and Tbdd Dagres 78 discuss 
strategy with Admissions Director and coach 
Mike Moonves. 


10th Class Reunion 
June 14, 15, 16 

Kathryn O'Leary, Secretary 
71 Baldwin Street, Charlestown, MA 02129 

T Boy, am I excited by all the positive in- 
put I have received regarding our 10th Reunion. 
With the turnout, I expect it should be a lot of 
fun. ▼ Ivan Arguello will be attending from 
Manhattan with his wife and daughter. Ivan is still 
in a family business which is now grocery stores. 
T John Cole will be coming from Chicago and 
would love to hear from anyone beforehand at 
(312) 348-6936. T Kitty Rahbany will be there 
if she can break away from her job as a paralegal 
with a firm in downtown Boston. She hopes to 
attend law school soon while holding on to her 
present position. She lives in Derry, NH. T 
Keller Laws is in LA working at a dive shop in 
Marina del Rey while trying to put together a 
deal that will take him to the Big Island of 
Hawaii. He appeared on the Joker's Wild on 

34 The Archon - Spring 1991 

<i; ~ o — c\- 

On Ice: 

Turning out for hockey on Winter Alumni Sports Day were (front row, from left) Jon Pingree '81, 
Tbm Johnson '81, Marty Stephan '80, Mark Whitney '81, Eric Marshall '84, Greg Connolly 74, 
Harvey Hay den '58; (back row, from left) Paul Salemme '90, Derek Sullivan '89, Andy Noel '88, 
Dana Pratt '81, Peter Cavanagh '80, John Webster 78, David Ham 77, Rob Breed '81, Charlie 
Parker '64. 

12/27/90. "What an experience that was." Keller 
is also helping to establish the Southern Califor- 
nia Alumni Association of GDA. T Keller ran 
into Sergio Obadia while skiing at Steamboat 
Springs, CO, in February. Apparently Serg is liv- 
ing there this winter and will be driving East in 
time for the reunion. T Ben Frost writes a long 
letter detailing his life in a nutshell over the past 
ten years including marriage to Kathy Rawady, a 
daughter Greta-Anne Loren born 7/24/83, a son, 
Matthew Benjamin bom 11/24/90, a B.A. and an 
M.A. from Colgate and the current pursuit of a 
Ph.D. at Syracuse, jobs with Norwich Eaton, the 
towns of Kittery, ME, and Wampsville, NY, and 
starting this fall another degree pursuit at 
Cornell Law School to specialize in Soviet and 
international law. He and his family reside in 
Fayetteville, NY, and hope to make it to the reun- 
ion. T Richard Martin is working in 
Charlestown, MA, and bought a home in Magno- 
lia. T Jenny Graf Stewart is in Manhattan and 
looking forward to reunion. T Terrence Tally 
lives in Quincy and works for a computer compa- 
ny. He'll be there. T Mike Reilly is still with 
Barden-Trimount and after an Army Reserve 
training exercise in Europe should be back in 
the States. ▼ Eric Adell and his wife Patty just 
returned from a little vacation in Jamaica. Eric is 
still in command of ERA Industries in New 
Hampshire. T Lt. Daniel C. Cross, USNR was 
called to active duty in support of Operation 
Desert Storm. He is assigned to the Iraq Task 
Force at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Penta- 
gon. "It's put a bit of a wrinkle in running my fa- 
mily real estate development project in southern 
Maryland, but I enjoy the Navy and I'm very 
pleased to make my contribution to the war ef- 
fort." T Nick Griffin is living in Weston, MA, 
and working for a mortgage company and is 
looking forward to reunion. T That's all for now. 
See you in June! 


John Nye, Secretary 
314 West 52nd Street §6, New York, NY 10019 

Well done! I was uncomfortable about 
reprimanding you in my last letter, but it paid off. 
The number of responses has improved dramati- 
cally. Thanks. T Ann Rooney, still at NYNEX, is 
working as an organization development consul- 
tant. She is also involved with the Annual Fund 
at GDA. T Claire Dober Danaher said her "big 
news" is her marriage to Bill Danaher, a fellow 
Brown graduate. They're living in Avon, CT. Her 
"small" news is that she's pursuing her music and 
playing clubs and bars. Good work, Claire! She'd 
love to hear from some classmates. T Dave Mar- 
glous just dashed off a quick "Hello" and is 
looking forward to the Reunion. Dave's where- 
abouts are still unknown. T Finish Coat Painters 
is Chris Perraults' company in Newburyport. He 
boasts of not being able to think of a better 
place to live. Does the Chamber of Commerce 
know about you, Chris? Maybe they'd want you to 
"paint the town." T Rob Neuss said I didn't 
guess correctly in the last issue his fiancee's 
name or that of her company. Rob's betrothed is 
named Diana Wilson and she works for Brown & 
Co. Securities, Inc. Rob escaped N.E.'s financial 
climate by chartering a 51' sailboat in the tropi- 
cal Virgin Islands and will look for a job as an 
insurance adviser upon his return. T A belated 
note on Heather Vickers who is working on her 
master's at NYU in visual arts administration and 
working for Orion Pictures. She claims that she's 
trying to keep up with "life in the fast lane" in 
New York, but cannot find the on ramp. (Buns, 
maybe you should trade in that car with the 
pushbutton gears.) T Marshall Rowe is the 
Alumni Director at his Alma Mater Covenant 
College in Lookout Mountain, TN. He and Sue 
had their first child, Anne Marie Carolyn Rowe, 
12/4/90. She was a whopping 9 lbs., 11 oz. and 

21" long. T Question, "Why don't I ever see my 
fellow Marblehead residents at Maddeys?," asks 
Derrick Perkins. ▼ When Robin Fastiano says 
she loves the arts, she means it. She married a 
sculptor, Alexander H. Gianis. They live in 
Easthampton, Long Island, and he's represented 
by the Vered Gallery. T Postmarked from North 
Carolina comes Erica Norton Lewis' response. 
It's a sympathy card sent as a result of the poor 
"attendance" in the last issue. Erica, "thanks!" 
She lives near Chapel Hill and works at Duke. 
Her husband, Craig Lewis, is earning his MBA 
from UNC. She loves that part of the world and 
says Annie L's Restaurant is well worth the visit! 
Way to go Annie L. T John and Louisa Hunter 
both practice dentistry in Queens, NY. John at- 
tended Georgetown School of Dentistry, from 
which he graduated May, 1990. ▼ Barbara 
Mackay-Smith claims those French classes really 
paid off. She and her fiance Jean-Francois Mar- 
tin live in Newton, MA. Barbara recently 
returned from four months teaching and writing 
in Tokyo. She said she bumped into Scott 
McGuire in Faneuil Hall last summer, and after 
he sat next to her in school meeting for four 
years, didn't recognize her. Scott, Barbara tells 
me you're married. Send a card with all the de- 
tails. T Trina Chiara is also in NYC. She's work- 
ing in P.R. This information is cryptic, however. 
It was supplied by Heather Vickers, who 
thought/hoped Trina would send her own card. 
T Kim Newby sent the following: "After finish- 
ing my graduate degree, I went to work for the 
government (U.S.) in the People's Republic of 
China for a year. After that, I moved to Hong 
Kong, where I'm now living and working. If any- 
body is coming out East to travel or work, please 
let me know." (PS. I received this letter from Kim 
some time ago. I apologize if any of the informa- 
tion has changed.) T Finally, I have left the Big 
Apple and Sotheby's. March 18th I began work- 
ing at Hamilton College, my Alma Mater, as the 
Director of the Annual Fund and GOLD Group 
Programs. Kathy and I live in Clinton, NY, and 
she continues to work for the Lone Star Cafe 
Roadhouse, her family's business, in NYC. 
Fortunately she's only gone Tuesday-Thursday, so 
we still spend lots of time together. T A request 
to all: Please keep in touch. Hearing from all of 
you is great fun and interesting. Keep GDA's De- 
velopment Office busy and make your Annual 
Fund donations today. The 10th Reunion is 
approaching fast, so I'll see you then. Alum-Nye- 
Ingly, John. 


Rebecca Lapham, Secretary 
3 Prospect Court, Marblehead, MA 01945 

T Wendy Stetson writes, "I'm enjoying 
life in Vermont. I'm trying to decide on a cook- 
ing school to go to. The travel itch is getting 
strong again, though. We would like to return to 
India." ▼ Danielle Schwartz writes, "Hi Becca! 
It looks like you're doing a great job at getting 
responses for our class. Keep it up! All is well 
with me. I'm working for a software company in 
Boston and doing a lot of traveling. Can't wait to 
see you and everyone else at the 10th. Let me 

know if you need any help planning it!" T 
Philip Appleton writes, "I've just started working 
in the field for a firm that specializes in the 
clean-up of radioactive and toxic waste sites. 
They promise I won't glow in the dark for at 
least two years — just kidding! The job keeps me 
traveling quite a bit. ▼ Tbm Malay is working in 
Hartford in "secret stuff " for some of those 
defense people T Jim Bernier is working at 
State Street Bank in global accounts. He was just 
promoted to account manager which keeps him 
very busy. T Sarah Bradshaw is living in LA. 
Missing Boston, but says it's always sunny. She 
saw Sarah Breed over Christmas, and just 
finished doing fill-ins for the movie For The Boys 
with Bette Midler, coming out this winter. T 
Doug Chase is finishing his degree in bi- 
omechanics at UMass, Amherst. He'll graduate 
this spring and move back to California. T Sue 
Lilly ran into Charlotte Johnson out in Steam- 
boat Springs, skiing. Sue is employed by Ameri- 
can Finance Group as a broker. ▼ Chris Nesbit 
is living in Florida and working for a computer 
software company called Gateways that is based 
out of Manchester-by-the-Sea. T Now we're get- 
ting to the age where wedding bells are ringing 
more than usual. Here are the lucky men and 
their fiances. Congratulations guys! T Alex 
Cawley is to be married August 10 to Nerissa 
Edwards. Alex is currently working for the 
Homeless Youth in Burlington, VT, he loves his 
job and sounds great. T Rick Morris is engaged 
to Belinda Fuller. The wedding is planned for 
March of 1992. T This could be rumor, but we 
have confirmation from two people that Dan 
McLaughlin is engaged to Mara and the date is 
set for May 15, 1992. ▼ Sue Sanidas is still liv- 
ing in New Orleans, and looks forward to her va- 
cation and Bret's spring vacation from law 
school. They'll be visiting her parents in Florida 
and plan to spend the summer up on the North- 
east. T Karen Gronberg writes, "Becca — I just 
accepted a new position at New England Re- 
habilitation Hospital as the nurse manager of 
their Oncology unit. Flash and I have just moved 
into our new apartment in Marblehead, and look 
forward to seeing some of our class at our July 
4th bash. As you already know, Flash, Whit, Bec- 
ca and I enjoyed catching up with Bruce at 
Washington Street." 

T Tim Sullivan writes, "I'm living in Rehoboth, 
MA, renting an apartment from a Cranberry 
Farmer. I'm working for a specialty packaging 
company that specializes in Retail Jewlery. I 
talked with Peter Judson while I was in "The 
City" watching the Big East Basketball Tourna- 
ment; he is "making films." I'm looking forward 
to a wild summer in Newport." 


Christine Romboletti, Secretary 

4607 Connecticut Avenue NW #610, 

Wahington, D.C. 20008 

▼ I know the entire class joins me in 
wishing Harry Taormina a safe and speedy 
return. I spoke with Harry's father briefly, and at 
that time the schedule for when soldiers would 
be returning had not yet been announced. 

However, the class would want to know that Har- 
ry's group did land on Saudi soil and was in 
Kuwait the day before the ground war began. 
Harry's group did see action, yet suffered zero 
casualties. This onslaught of class notes brought 
information from several classmates who have 
been lying low. T Bill Tempel is alive and well in 
San Jose, CA. Bill is working at a local radio sta- 
tion and is happy to be living life for himself. T 
This is a message to Jean Jasse from Kathleen 
Lambert Watt: "Jean, I've been meaning to write 
for a year-and-a-half. We missed you at the wed- 
ding — there were pink fluorescent doorknobs. 
How are you?" ▼ Ron Liss is currently the direc- 
tor of operations at Ormes Trans, and sends all 
his best wishes for peace and good luck to the 
class. T Larry Cuddy has returned to Mas- 
sachusetts from three years in Manhattan! Larry 
plans to be married on August 17, 1991 to De- 
borah Siggens. We wish all the best Larry! ▼ 
Bill King is still living in Bath, ME. He has start- 
ed his own business — Fuller Focus Labs. He is 
"focusing" on custom black-and-white printing. 
Wicked good, Bill! T I received a terrific letter 
from Joe DiNanno who is working for his father's 
real estate/construction business, since graduat- 
ing from Bryant College in 1988. Joe has had 
the great fortune of seeing many classmates! In- 
cluding Jeff Wallace, Eric Marshall, Mark 
Brewer, and Brian O'Dell. Joe wrote that he had 
the pleasure of attending Gerry Tollman's wed- 
ding last summer, in Burlington, VT. Congrats, 
Gerry! Also, Joe tells us that Mark Brewer has 
joined the Air Force and is currently stationed in 
Hawaii. ▼ Hank Friedman has left Taos, NM, 
and now lives in Newton, MA. He is currently 
working in advertising for the American Ski As- 
sociation. He too has run into several classmates, 
including Hilary Seward, Amy Walsh, Betsy 
Tuthill, Kristen MacKenzie and Krista Hen- 
nesey. ▼ And guess who is stirring up trouble? 
John Cummings is moving closer to graduation 
at Catholic University Law School, where he has 
been fomenting a little discord! Give him a call 
and you can get all the details. ▼ Joe DiNanno 
writes, "I have been working for my father's real 
estate/construction business since I graduated 
from Bryant College (RI) in 1988. I am currently 
living in a townhouse with my brother Tom and 
Al Thompson '85, where we have been visited 
by alums from both classes. I regularly see Eric 
Marshall and Jeff Wallace, and keep in touch 
with Brew (who joined the Air Force and is sta- 
tioned in Hawaii) and Brian O'Dell. I also had 
the pleasure of attending Gerry Tollman's wed- 
ding last summer in Burlington. VT. along with 
O'Dell (the best man), Marshall and my brother." 
T And lastly, Charlie Cashin writes that all is 
well in Michigan, where he works hard at keep- 
ing the ice-filled lakes clear for shipping. That's 
all the information I have for now. Thanks to all 
of you for your postcards and letters! 


Katrina Russo Ramsev. Secretary 
112 Mam Street. Apt. 1. Westfield, MA 01085 

▼ Katrina Russo Ramsey writes. "Hi! I 
was married on August 18. 1990 to Stephen 

The Archon - Spring 1991 35 

Class Notes 

Ramsey. My sister Anita Russo '87 was my maid 
of honor. My sister Teresa Russo '83 was a 
bridesmaid. Becky Chase read at the ceremony. 
Dinah Daley was also there. I'm still working 
for Merck Sharp & Dohme as a professional 
representative. I cover a territory in western Mas- 
sachusetts from Springfield west to Pittsfield. I 
never considered myself a salesperson, but I love 
it." ▼ Esmee Huggard writes, "I am living in 
Seattle, WA, and am enjoying it very much. I 
see Becky Chase often as we can often be 
found terrorizing the local cross country ski 
slopes. Dinah Daley and Nathalie Ames are 
headed out here in August for the annual Sea 
Fair Celebration. Mike Huggard is doing well 
living in Berkeley, CA." T Peter Quimby writes, 
"Happy as we are with our New Hampshire 
lifestyle and surroundings, Laurie and I will be 
moving on soon. I have decided to continue my 
study of the Soviet Union by entering a Ph.D. 
program in political science, and will focus on 
Soviet political development. My timing is good 
if nothing else. I won't know where we'll be 
heading until mid-April but could be anyplace 
from Boston to Berkeley. Still working with Ben 
Armstrong and living across the street from 
Kathie Lambert Watt '84 so those GDA con- 
nections remain strong!" T Becky Chase 
writes, "Shortly after our reunion, we took a trip 

also has developed a modular recycling contain- 
er suitable for home, office, curbside collections, 
even for the box filled at GDA, he says. Others 
ie has bumped into are Henry Lapham '86 
and Charlotte Johnson '84. ▼ Michael Redgate 
writes, "I am a senior at the University of Mon- 
tana, and have been living out here for a little 
over two years. Do a lot of skiing, mountain 
climbing and work part-time doing construction 
— building log homes etc. Will probably settle 
out here or somewhere in the Northwest after 
Inishing my degree in communications." T Kate 
Appleton writes, "I am at Tufts getting my 
Masters in education. Will graduate in Decem- 
3er, '91." ▼ Ed. note: Our thanks go to Katrina 
Russo Ramsey who volunteered to be the 
Secretary for the Class of 1985. Katrina will 
write you all prior to publication of each issue 
of the Archon for news about yourself. The next 
ssue is published mid-September. Katrina will 
need your news by August 1. 


ing in Washington, D.C. with some of her 
friends from the College of Wooster. Tracy 
graduated in May of 1990, and is waitressing in 
a large restaurant in the city until she decides 
on which law school she would like to attend. 
Tracy has been in touch with Monique Proulx 
quite frequently. She is living in northern Ver- 
mont and graduated from Boston University in 
May, 1990 with a major in Advertising. Monique 
is a marketing assistant and customer service 
rep for The Journal of Light Construction, and 
will be getting married in September, 1991 in 
Vermont. Tracy has also been in touch with 
Melinda Stahl who is living in Seattle, WA, and 
is working in sales with a large food distribution 
company. We are in search of a few of our other 
classmates that have disappeared. We have 
heard that Derric Small is still living in 
Dorchester. He graduated from Connecticut Col- 
lege in May, 1990 after being a star player on 
their basketball team. He is now a manager for 
a large department store in the Boston area. ▼ 
Raul Valdes-Fauli is out of the United States al- 
together. After he graduated from Lake Forest 
College in May, 1990, he went to Honduras 
where he is a member of the Peace Corps. ▼ If 
anyone has seen or heard from Kelly Papin, 
Melanie D'Orazio, Tbm Von Jess, Adam 
Kneissler, or any of the other people from the 

5th Class Reunion 
June 14, 15, 16 

Monique Proulx, Secretary 

Builders' Resources, RR #2, Box 146, 

Richmond, VT 05477 

across country, camping for a month. It was a 

class of 1986, tell them we miss them and look 

good time to make a career change, and decid- 
ed to take the opportunity and ended our trip 
in Seattle, WA. I am working at a YMCA as an 
exercise assistant. (Personal training and hang- 
ing out a lot with Esmee Huggard). The North- 
west is beautiful!" T Jon Shain writes, "Hey 
folks. The new album by Flyin' Mice, titled "So 
High Drive' will be out in the spring. For infor- 
mation on getting on the mailing list or receiv- 
ing a copy of the album, write to: Dr. Lime 
Records, Big Ridge Castle Rock Road, Pittsboro, 
NC 27312." ▼ Jiseop Yoon writes, "Sorry ha- 

P*i "*■*.• 

forward to seeing them at our fifth reunion. 
Chris Tivomey graduated from the University of 
Vermont in May, 1990. He worked for a licensed 
sports apparel company as a sales representative 
in Washington, D.C. until December, 1990. To- 
day, he is working in Boston for a money 
management company. He has seen a lot of 
GDA people through the years and is looking 
forward to the fifth year reunion. He also had a 
message for George McCarthy: "YOU HAD 


■r f ^m 

ven't been in touch. After graduating from Tufts, 
I moved onto the business school at University 
of Cincinnati. I am planning on going back to 
Tufts for another master's in law and diplomacy. 
I am getting married on July 1, 1991 in Korea. I 
would like to know exactly where George 
Hasapidis is, so I can invite him to my wed- 
ding." T Speak of the devil! George Hasapidis 
writes, "Hi, Class of '85! I'm now at the six- 
month mark of my one-year tour in Korea. 
They're keeping me busy flying VIP's (including 
Jose Feliciano) in the venerable old Huey 
helicopter of Vietnam War fame. This fall I'll be 
back in Alabama for six months of professional 
schooling. Where I'll be after that is anyone's 
guess." T Dinah Daley is a sales assistant at 
Alex Brown & Son (Investment Banking Firm) 
in Boston. "I am currently studying for the Ser- 
ies 7 exam, which I will take this summer. My 
sister, Dede Daley '84, was just recently en- 
gaged to Bruce Warren in Jackson, WY. They 
will be married on July 20, 1992. Nat Ames, 
Meredith Lazo and I are having a mini reunion 
in Maine on the weekend of March 15th." T 
Doug Kirk is living and working back in Steam- 
boat Springs, CO. He is environmental affairs 
director at Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. He 

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ast few weeks. Tracy is liv- 

AT THE FIFTH!! T Jennifer Grimes is cur- 
rently working for Clement/ICF, Inc., which is an 
environmental consulting firm in the Washing- 
ton, D.C. area. She keeps in touch with Kim 
Carey, who is a nanny about to go back to 
school for her teaching degree. Jennifer is also 
in touch with Carey Quinn, who is teaching, 
and Melissa Dyer, who is going to graduate 
school at the Medical College of Virginia and is 
majoring in pharmacology. T George McCarthy 
was working in Wallingford, CT, for The Colony 
Savings and Loan Bank. He has since left the 
Connecticut area and is traveling. Soon, he will 
be leaving for Europe to do some skiing, but 
will return to Massachusetts and hopefully settie 
in the Marblehead area. T Jennifer Glesmann 
graduated from Colby College in May, 1990, and 
has an "excellent" teaching internship at the 
Brookwood School that will continue until May. 
She will then be looking for a "real" job, and is 
looking forward to seeing everyone in June. ▼ 
Andrew Eaton is living in Newburyport and is 
recruiting for the number one environmental 
systems company in the world. He travels all 
over New England in search of recruits, and says 
he hopes to see everyone at reunion. T Kim 

36 The Archon - Spring 1991 

Penachio graduated from Princeton last June. 
After graduating, she traveled on a safari 
throughout Kenya, Africa. She then traveled 
through Europe, spending time in Germany and 
France. She spent the rest of the summer in 
Italy, where she studied Italian in a small hill 
town. She is now working for a management 
consulting firm, and plans to attend law school 
in September. T Justin Feingold graduated 
from Franklin & Marshall in May, 1990. He is 
the manager of DAngelo's sub shops, and is 
working his way into ownership of part of the 
franchise. He played hockey and football for F 
& M, and in his senior year, his football team 
was the ECAC Southeast Champions. Justin is 
also happily "taken." Who's the lucky girl 
Justirf? T 

Alex Marculewicz has just returned from a six- 
month stay in Europe. The first three months of 
her excursion she spent traveling across the con- 
tinent. She spent her second three months 
studying at an art school just outside of Lon- 
don. She is at the Rhode Island School of De- 
sign studying graphic design, and has an 
internship at MIT Press, designing book covers. 
T Lindsay Seward graduated from Eckerd in 
May, 1990. He is living in Florida with Chris 
Nesbit '83 and is working for Mutual of Omaha 
as a sales representative. He hopes he can es- 
cape for reunion weekend. ▼ Mark Thompson 
graduated from RPI with a BS in Mechanical 
Engineering and a minor in management. In 
June, he began work as a project engineer with 
Nestle Food Company. He is working in their 
largest chocolate plant in Fulton, NY. HOW 
TRIP TO FULTON, MARK!!! T Cressler Heas- 
ley graduated from Harvard with a degree in 
philosophy and a minor in architecture. He is 
working in Boston for William Rawn Associates 
on a new concert hall at Tanglewood. Paul 
Bartholomew '84 left the company just before 
Cressler started. T Erick Kieckhefer graduated 
Cum Laude from Washington & Lee University 
with a B.A. in economics and philosophy. He is 
living in Bethesda, MD, and is working for the 
May Company, a retail conglomerate, as finance 
executive. He spends a lot of free time in 
Washington, D.C. and is looking forward to see- 
ing everyone at the fifth. ▼ Amy Hefford 
graduated from Syracuse University in May, 
1990. After living in the U.S. Virgin Islands for 
some time, she returned to Pennsylvania where 
she is job hunting. She says the weather was too 
hot, believe it or not, and was happy to return 
to the States. She is looking forward to the 
reunion. T John Von Wentzel is in his second 
year at Tokyo University, studying Japanese. T 
Karen Tucker graduated from Wellesley College 
in 1990 with a B.A. in economics/sociology. She 
spent the summer with Jill Twomey '85 in 
Greece and England. She is currently working 
at Anderson Consulting in New York, and hopes 
to see everyone at the reunion. ▼ Vicky Kras- 
nakevich graduated from Boston University in 
May, 1990, with a degree in film and broadcast- 
ing. She is now living in Brooklyn, NY and is 
working for a major production company mak- 
ing national television commercials. She misses 

the country, but really likes the city. If anyone is 
in New York, look her up. She's probably the 
only Krasnakevich in Brooklyn! T Carey Quinn 
lives in New Canaan, CT, and is teaching the se- 
cond grade at the Greenwich Country Day 
School. ▼ Kim Carey is living with Hedi Dur 
in Boston and is working as a "nanny" for a fa- 
mily in Newton. She plans on starting school in 
the fall for a master's in early childhood educa- 
tion; hopefully at UNH. She still keeps in touch 
with a lot of friends from GDA and is looking 
forward to the reunion. ▼ Hedi Dur is working 
at the Children's Hospital in Boston in the 
department of development and public affairs 
and will be heading off to Switzerland in March. 
T Jeneanne (Pina) Graham was married in 
1989 and is living in Charleston, SC. She has a 
two-year-old son, and her husband is in the Per- 
sian Gulf in the Navy. She says South Carolina 
is quite a change from New England, but other- 
wise, all is well. T Anonymous!.' Someone just 
returned from a seminar in Atlanta for his/her 
personal trainer's certification. He/she works at 
Gold's Gym in Dover, NH, as a trainer and an 
aerobics instructor while finishing a second 
degree in exercise physiology at UNH. T 
Anonymous!.' Someone graduated from Colby 
College in May, 1990 and is working as a con- 
sumer lender for Casco Northern Bank in Port- 
land. He/she will be getting married in August in 
Brunswick, ME and looks forward to seeing 
everyone at reunion. 


Jim Andriotakis, Secretary 
12 Dexter Lane, Newburyport, MA 01950 

▼ Hello, class of '87! This is the last 
time that I will report to you from sunny ol' 
Geneva, NY. Graduation time is here, and I can't 
wait. I am finishing Hobart with a B.S. in 
chemistry and I am hoping to do research some- 
where for a year or two. Sounds like fun huh? 
Well, no. I went to Bermuda for one week with 
a class to study the water chemistry of the is- 
land. I am also applying to medical school soon, 
and if I am extremely lucky I might get in. Who 
knows, I may save some of your lives someday. 
What a frightening thought! T Jackie Hayes 
sent me a note all the way from that little island 
off the Atlantic coast of France (I think it's 
called England). She is getting ready to graduate 
from Neele University in June with a degree in 
law and English. T Kristen LaBrie is holding 
down the fort for one more year at Union Col- 
lege, and plans to graduate next year. ▼ Anita 
Russo has been student-teaching 11th grade 
U.S. history, and loves it. Oh yeah, something 
else kind of important has happened to her; An- 
ita just got engaged! Congratulations Anita! ▼ 
Lyndsay Rowan recently finished her hockey 
career after having made it to first line. She 
plans to take next year off, hoping to be a ski 
bum in Colorado. Lyndsay had a great art show 
at GDA and is planning to have another one at 
school. ▼ Jenn Todd and Amy Mack have 
been living together this past year at Skidmore, 
and having a great time! T Jeff Ashworth 

keeps his GDA ties in a rotisserie baseball 
league with new C.U. student Matt Downing '81 
and classmate Mike Zracket. Jeff has done 
something which I have yet to do, and that is to 
finally make the Dean's List. Good job Jeff, who 
did you pay? T Buzz Crocker is finishing up 
school in New York City doing an internship at 
Clinton Recording studios. He says that he was 
offered a staff job, however. He declined so he 
could live in Chicago and work with MIDI (Musi- 
cal Instrument Digital Interface). He will gradu- 
ate Cum Laude in May. T Cris Dobrosielski is 
going to school at San Diego State, and loving 
it. Cris plans to lifeguard out there this summer. 
T Chris McMorris sounds like he is having a 
blast, acting and working on a multi-media per- 
formance art piece for his senior independent 
study. Chris still, however, has not completely 
recovered mentally after living with Rocky for a 
year. T After graduating from Colby, Jeff Fort is 
going to be working as a lab technician and 
research assistant at Brigham and Womens 
Hospital in Boston. ▼ Julie Donat wrote me 
one of the craziest letters this term and told me 
not to mention anything in the Archon! Well 
don't worry Julie, I won't say anything about the 
drooling problem or your fetish for men in 
leather. T Ann Taylor has taken up scuba div- 
ing and has become very interested in training 
dolphins at the aquarium. ▼ Pam Chase has 
been student- teaching third grade youngsters 
up in Vermont. Crabba, Rocky, and Foz. Three 
handsome devils! What else can I say? ▼ Some 
late news came into the Alumni Office, too! ▼ 
Amy Mack writes, "Finally home for Xmas, 
spent Thanksgiving in Cocoa Beach playing in 
national field hockey tournament (fun but rainy) 
now ice hockey. Last season for both!! I'm 
panicked about everything to do with gradua- 
tion. No plans yet. Grad school? Back to Italy? 
Not working. Now just trying to have fun and 
keep in touch with friends. My best to the class." 
T Robert DeLena sent in a note: "I had a 
satisfying fall semester because GDA's 23-13 vic- 
tory over Brooks allowed me to hold bragging 
rights over my two Brooks roommates. Looking 
forward to my final semester playing baseball, 
interning at the Connecticut General Assembly, 
and writing my thesis." ▼ Amy Goldstein writes. 
"I'm having fun being a senior at Union. I'm 
applying to grad schools for next year to get my 
master's in counselor education. Paula. Leslie 
and I still try to stay in touch! I see Kristen 
LaBrie at Union sometimes. She's doing well." 
T Says Jerome Montrone: "I am finishing up at 
Boston College. I hope to take the summer off. 
and then in September I am heading off to 
Japan to work for a corporation for two years." 
T "Exams Exams Exams. Homework Homework 
Homework. Sigh . . . will it ever end? Had an 
awesome time with Beth Johnson over Christ- 
mas break. Keeping in touch with Josh Mackay- 
Smith over the computer. Am going to spend 
spring break in Chicago helping to build a 
church, then come back to Duke n' Party 
Hardy! Bumped into John Shain" — all that 
from Peter Barton! Whoo! To those graduating 
this April. congraLs! Remember Reunion in '92! 

The Archon - Spring 1991 37 

Class Notes 


Meganne Murphy, Secretary 
6 Spruce Meadow Drive, North Hampton, NH 03862 

T Hello, Class of '88! Welcome to 
another exciting update on how your classmates 
are faring 'round the world. ▼ Jill Packard has 
been traveling around the United States and Eu- 
rope with "Up With People." And in case none 
of you read the "Marriages" section of the Ar- 
chon, Jill has just announced her engagement to 
David Miller '87. Congratulations, Jill! T Will 
Farley has just graduated from Hampshire in his 
usual speedy fashion. I even witnessed the "ring- 
ing of the bell," an old Hampshire tradition. 
(Maybe even the only Hampshire tradition.) He 
also wants to remind Jed Mixter that "Colorado 
is Kansas with mountains." ▼ Laurie Tbrosian 
has been continuing her theater career at Roger 
Williams College, and just returned from a 
semester in London. While she was in London 
she saw Depeche Mode in concert, and even got 
a backstage pass! ▼ She sees Chris Dennison 
on the Roger Williams campus every once in a 
while. ▼ Kara Moheban was planning to attend 
Oxford this semester, but for obvious warlike 
reasons, decided to remain at B.C. ▼ Christina 
Dalessio is currently studying and living in Mi- 
lan. T Andy Noel is doing well, but wants to 
visit Chris and Marty and Matty if possible this 
spring. "I have already run into Mugsy "Moody" 
and "Crabber" out on the ice when we beat 
Colby and Babson. Bowdoin #1! Saw Derek Sul- 
livan over break. He's still a great-looking guy!" 
T Joe Bailey coaches a basketball team, and 
will be working part-time in Raleigh this spring 
with the Raleigh/Durham Skyhawks of the World 
League. T Deana Giamette is having a great 
time at Bates. TVue to form, Deana has gotten 
very involved at Bates, and is currently school 
treasurer. T Keeping her company in the Maine 


Class of '88 members John Khantzian and 
Deana Giamette return for the Winter Alumni 

scene is Erika Sayewich who is at Colby Col- 
lege. Erika is studying everything from hor- 
mones (what kind?) to Seamus Heaney. She 
recently fled the Northeast winter for a long 
weekend in Aruba. Rough life! T David Dun- 
well is very busy working and going to school 
full-time. His recent winter break was spent with 
Kursten Burns. "We partied every night and 
visited Jeff Leggette at Whittier College." T Ai- 

tin Brown recently returned from spending time 
in Nepal and India, and is planning to attend 
school in Mexico this summer. She came to visit 
last weekend and we had a great time not going 
to Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Maybe after De- 
cember, square! T I am about to file my Divi- 
sion Two in romantic literature and Italian 
studies. Please write or call; I would love to hear 
from everyone! 


Jennifer Katz, Secretary 
32 Berry wood Lane, Beverly, MA 01915, 

T Hi, everyone! Believe it or not, two 
years have now gone by since we have all been 
together, and the last time many of us have seen 
one another. T Jenn Ashare reports that "the 
weather in Arizona is great!" However, on 
weekends she has gone to the northern part of 
Arizona to do some skiing. On the ninth of 
March to the 18th, during her spring break, she 
went down to Florida to visit Joy Fosdick and 
"the rest of the gang" at Rollins College. T Joy 
was excited for Jenn to come to visit. She is still 
enjoying Rollins very much. For spring break 
she is heading to a more northern part of Flori- 
da — Daytona Beach. As for the summer, Joy 
says, "The job search has lead me back home to 
Ipswich. I hope to see all of you then!" ▼ Rob 
Ashworth is loving the sunny and 60-degree 
weather during February at Boulder. He sees 
Matt Downing a lot. Matt rushed at Rob's 
fraternity house, ATO, and got a bid. This 
semester Matt is a pledge, answering to the ord- 
ers of Rob. Both Matt and Rob play for the ATO 
hockey team. Unfortunately, their team had a lit- 
tle mishap during one of the games and was 
kicked out of the league . . . Sorry guys. They 
also saw Mike Kalil '90 at the Celtics-Nuggets 
game. T Alex Moody writes, "Please give my 
best to Mr. Peter Bragdon and Mr. Larry Piatelli. 
Tell them my first semester I received a 2.5, and 
I am majoring in government." ▼ Michael 
Derrickson writes, "I'm having a great time out 
here in Denver, CO. I'm a founding father of the 
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity here at the Univer- 
sity of Denver, and it's going well. I've been en- 
joying the Colorado skiing every weekend. I 
have class with Tbm Horton and Mike Kalil '90 
every day and I see them quite a bit." ▼ Mike 
Barad is also at the University of Colorado, 
Boulder and runs into Matt and Rob every now 
and then. He spends every weekend in the 
Rockies skiing. This summer he plans to stay in 
Colorado working and having a good time with 
friends. ▼ Courtney Carson says that Vassar is 
going all right. She sees a lot of Glenn Johnson 
'90, who lives in the same dorm. She is spend- 
ing her spring break at her new house in Maine, 
where she will decide whether or not she will 
head abroad next semester or transfer to the 
University of Southern Maine. T Kristin 
Casazza's family has moved to Kentucky. She 
spent some time there over Christmas and 
rather enjoyed herself. For spring break she is 
heading to Florida to visit her grandparents for 
a few days, and also some of our sorority sisters. 
This summer she hopes to stay in Durham. T 

Jess Clapp transferred to the University of 
Vermont this semester. It was a last-minute deci- 
sion she made only a couple of weeks before 
the end of her Christmas break. She really miss- 
es the University of Montana and the West. She 
hopes to transfer back out West to the Universi- 
ty of Washington. Her address at UVM is: 47 
South Williams, Apt. 201, Burlington, VT 05401 
(802) 660-9289. ▼ Ashley Newbert sees a lot 
of Jess since they are now at the same college. 
She is still having a great time at UVM and is 
also working hard. For spring break she is go- 
ing to California to see her best friend. ▼ Jenn 
Cowles is doing well up in Maine at Colby. She 
has changed her major to business. This sum- 
mer she is either going to spend her summer in 
Ipswich or the Berkshires. ▼ Jess Cowles is 
still playing hockey at Skidmore. Every now and 
then she bumps into Governor Dummer Alumni 
JeffFeldman '88, Dave Walor '88 and Jason 
Twomey '90. For spring break she is heading 
for St. Thomas with a friend from school. She 
asks, "Where was everyone alumni weekend?" ▼ 
Bob Foster wrote from C.W Post in Long Is- 
land, NY, "I just wanted to say 'What's up?' to 
the class of 1989. I now live in Brooklyn, NY, 
and especially wanted to say 'Hi' to Lisa Her- 
nandez and Kate Bolton. I really would like to 
hear from them." T Rick Fox absolutely loves 
UC Berkeley where he is studying political 
science and seeing a lot of the Grateful Dead. 
At the new year's show he ran into Kevin 
Brewster who is at Humboldt State in Areata, 
CA, and "enjoying it thoroughly." Rick reports 
that he has grown a beard and has had it for a 
year and a half now. T leena Hilliker is still at- 
tending school in Buffalo, NY, and waitressing at 
a restaurant called Perkins. She still keeps in 
touch with Lisa Hernandez, Mariah Lilly, Kate 
Bolton, Allison Hyder and Liz Shea '90. This 
summer she hopes to live with Allison Hyder on 
the Cape near Mariah. Lisa plans on staying in 
Miami for the summer. ▼ Allison Hyder has 
made it through her second Mardi Gras. For 
spring break she plans to head for Miami to 
visit Lisa Hernandez and Liz. Next year she 
hopes to go abroad to Australia. T Chante 
Lampton declared her major as history at 
Hamilton College. She "LOVES!" school and 
runs into Jason Myers, '88, frequently. This 
summer she wants to do an internship in 
Washington D.C. at a television station. Hawley 
Appleton came to visit Chante during Hamilton's 
Winter Carnival. Hawley is enjoying the Universi- 
ty of Hartford a lot better this year. Chante 
talked to Cate MacLachlan and says she loves 
Earlham. Chante's address at school is: Box 
365, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 13323-1296 
(315) 859-1349. ▼ Alison Magee did not head 
back to the University of Denver this semester. 
She is at home in New York, taking a couple of 
classes and aerobicizing. She is making her 
plans on transferring, and is now applying to 
schools. She is hoping for things to get back in 
order once again. T I ran into Jason McCloy in 
the middle of February, and in passing he said 
he was on his way to California to visit Jon Koc- 
sis. What was up with that Jason? It was only a 
couple of weeks into the semester. T Tbm 

38 The Archon - Spring 1991 

Plante took this semester off from Skidmore 
College. He enlisted in the Army Reserves, 
ROTC, and will be trained as a legal specialist. 
He leaves for his training in the middle of April. 
In the fall he plans to return to Skidmore, 
where he often ran into Jason Twomey '90. He 
has also seen quite a bit of Josh Solomon and 
Kyrie Stevens. He says, "Tell everyone that I 
miss them and wish that everyone would do a 
better job at keeping in touch." ▼ Amy Russell 
is having a great time at Boston College. Her 
only complaint is that it is going by too fast. T 
John Wilson writes that "life in Fort Worth is 
going very well." He is co-rush chairman of his 
fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha. This summer he 
is studying in Mexico. He says, "Haven't seen 
many people from GDA in a long time, but I 
was up there last October and saw the football 
team beat Brooks. It hurt." John's phone num- 
ber at school is: (817) 923-6574. T Well, that is 
it for now. If you ever need to get in touch with 
anyone, or if you have some news, please feel 
free to write to me during the summer at my 
home address: 32 Berrywood Lane, Beverly, MA 
01915. Hopefully my mail will be forwarded to 
me wherever I may end up this summer. As of 
August 31, 1991, my new address at UNH will 
be: J. Katz, University Apartments, 5 Dennison 
Road, Apartment C6, Durham, NH 03824. 

Good Reception: 

Enjoying the North Andover reception in 
April are Bruce Male P'90 and Bob Benedict 


Margo Doyle, Secretary 
26 Locust Street, Marblehead, MA 01945 

T Hello from the class of '90!! Lots of 
news to report since the winter. T Gardner Or- 
ton will be living in Oregon this summer. T 
Kevin Burke is working at a furniture factory 
and will be going to WPI next year. He teaches 
ice skating on weekends. T Heather Knapp 
says "hi" to Kyrie and Beth. T Molly Jerabek 
is loving St. Lawrence University. ▼ E.P. and 
Erin Gurry are on the same hockey team. T 
Jessica Tippo is enrolled at Eckerd College in 
Florida and is having a great time so far. Over 
Thanksgiving, she returned from Washington, 
D.C. to Boston and saw Andy Rybicki '88, Jeff 
Abrams '88, Allan Smith '88, and Mark Juba 
'88. She loved being in D.C. and working in the 
city, but is happy to be in college. T Mike Kalil 
writes from the University of Denver saying he 
likes it very much. He recently joined Sigma Al- 

Receiving Line: 

Headmaster Peter Bragdon and Dottie 
Bragdon (left) pose with North Andover recep- 
tion hosts Stephen and Diane Scully. 

pha Epsilon fraternity and says that the people 
are really nice. During his free time, he skis the 
Rocky Mountains. Must be nice!! T Jon Lewis 
reports that second semester is much tougher 
than first — something I can relate to! He 
pledged Phi Gamma Delta, which also takes up 
a lot of his time. He is happy to be out of the 
New England cold, enjoying the sunny Georgian 
weather. T Jeff Leggette is having a lot of fun 
at Whittier, but misses the east coast. He sees 
Pat Riley '89 (who also attends Whittier) often, 
and gets together with Kursten Burns '88 as 
much as time permits. They entertained Dave 
Dunwell '88 for a week, and had a blast 
reminiscing about old times. Kursten is working 
and attending California State University, Fuller- 
ton. Dave is also thinking about moving to 
California to go to school and "enjoy the life of 
a Californian." Over Christmas break, Jeff had 
fun at a recruiting dinner with Mr. Bragdon, Ms. 
Crowe, Charisse Charley '93, Randy Hemming 
'92, and Mike Aron '91. He has also been in 
touch with Don Conley, Kimani Jones '92, 
Andre Sheffield '91, and Amy Hill '92. He also 
says "hi" to Chad Harlow, Joe Crowley, T 
Hops (Tbdd Dixon), and Kyrie Stevens'. T 
Waveney Gooding has returned to London and 
has some very exciting plans for the future. I 
was able to talk to her on the phone during a 
phonathon over Christmas break. She is going 
to France to master the language and then is 
enrolled at Cambridge, England for the fall 
semester. She is sad that she will not be able to 
play lacrosse, but will continue to play for club 
teams. She says hello to everyone and hopes 
that all are minding their heads and having a 
brilliant time! T Shannon Davenport is enjoy- 
ing UNC and track a lot! She recently took a 
mini vacation while house-sitting for a friend. 
She said it was nice to get away from the dorms 
and relax. Also, Sylvia (her pet snake) lives at 
this house, so she had fun playing with her for 
the weekend. T She recently chatted with Regi- 
na Glanzberg '88, who is doing very well at 
Franklin & Marshall. T She also saw Tbdd 
Dixon at an indoor track meet at UNC. They 
chatted throughout the meet and had a great 
time. Todd is having a great time at Wake 
Forest. ▼ Over Christmas break, I saw Kate 
Fyrberg, who is living in an apartment in 
Boston. She is still modeling and is interested in 
looking for work in New York. We went to the 

BU/St. Lawrence hockey game, which seemed 
more like a reunion. The GDA contingency con- 
sisted of: Danielle Kealler, Shaun Tbomey, 
Amy Shafmaster, Nick Vachon, Kevin Lydon 
'89, Sean Colgate '92, Chris and Steve Pea- 
body '92, Tara Ryan '92, Mr. and Mrs. 
LaCroix (P'88 and '90), Mr. and Mrs. D'Orio 
(P'88), Mr. and Mrs. Piatelli, Mr. and Mrs. 
Lydon (P'89 and '94), Mr. Kealler (P'90 and 
'93) and Ms. Crowe. Eric and Martin LaCroix 
played very well, each scoring one goal. T 
Kevin O'Handley and I visited GDA while work- 
ing several phonathons. It was great to see 
everyone. Kevin is very happy at UMass, Am- 
herst, but is still adjusting to the size of the 
school. He played club hockey this winter. T 
I recently talked to Brian Payne and Paul 
Salemme. Brian is just finishing the hockey sea- 
son, and is going to visit his sister who attends 
Georgetown Medical School for spring break. 
Paul is very happy at Lake Forest, and says he's 
not studying too much, but enough! I know 
that's not all he does there, T I saw Brian 
Flemming '88 recently on campus. He trans- 
ferred to Georgetown from Emory, and has been 
very happy with the switch. He says hello to 
everyone. ▼ Grayson Cunningham is doing 
very well. She loves school and is excited about 
the house she will live in next year. T Carrie 
O'Keefe '89 visited her at Georgetown. Carrie is 
having a great time at school. T Kerry Camp- 
bell writes, "I'm not surprised. I'm not playing 
lacrosse." She is spending her spring break in 
Georgia with her uncle. T Dave Johnson has 
been very busy lately but is having a great time. 
He was Old Gobbo in a production of The 
Merchant of Venice and is involved in the 
Bowdoin Corale. Needless to say, he is looking 
forward to March break. T Alexa Wriggins 
loves McGill, but she is studying hard. She has 
her own apartment and lives with her cat, 
Krusty. She sees Holly Stern often. She too is 
having a great time at school. T Francisco 
Ruiz (Paco) writes from Boston that all is well. 
He says that he is excited to be in New England 
still, but had a great time visiting at home over 
the holidays. He says hi to everyone! T Robin 
Remick had a great Christmas and Steven Aron 
says that they are still together and happy. ▼ 
Brian Rogers reports that Cornell is treating 
him well, but he misses the warm family atmos- 
phere that GDA provided. He is pledging Chi 
Psi Fraternity. The same one as Dan Nadeau at 
Rollins, and is looking forward to Spring Alumni 
Day. T I hope everyone has a great spring 
break and good luck on the last few weeks of 
the semester! Keep writing and tell me what 
you've been doing! p™ 

The Archon - Spring 1991 39 

From the Alumni Association 

by John S. Mercer '64 

Last year at this time, I wrote an 
Archon column outlining a plan — a hope 
— for alumni involvement in the admissions 
process. Advocating this program caused 
me to pause and confront the organization 
that would implement such a program. I 
wondered whether the Alumni Association 
had a goal, had a vision, had a purpose. 
The accomplishments since then have left 
me with no doubt. The Association is 
strong; it's on the move. 

At the core of the Association's acti- 
vity is the spirit and substance of volunteer- 
ism. "People power" is what has taken the 
Alumni Association from the level of a seed 
to that of a sapling. We can't stop now. 

Since last year's embryonic article in 
these pages, our Alumni Admissions pro- 
gram has grown to include more than 20 
volunteers in a nationwide network. This 
year, the volunteers have simply sent us 
names of candidates, many of whom were 
accepted for admission. In following years, 
we aim to deepen the network to provide 
even more coverage throughout the country. 
Eventually, we hope to be able to use our 
volunteers as interviewers and hosts of get- 
togethers for prospective families. 

To make this happen, we need bodies. 
We need interested souls to give a few 
hours per year to the Academy — not just 
for admissions, but also for class com- 
munications, fund-raising, school unity and 

goodwill. Only with this kind of support can 
the Association — and, likewise, the 
Academy — maintain the sense of com- 
munity that we enjoy. 

This spring we will hold the third of 
our GDA Now! programs, now managed 
entirely by the Association. The program, 
designed to show graduates how the school 
has changed — and how it has remained 
the same — will concentrate on the 
Academy's curriculum development and on 
GDA and college admissions. It will succeed 
only with the hard work and perseverance 
of a caring few. 

As for reunions, we are encouraging 
the Association as a body to be more 
active. Specifically, we are trying to draw 
both reunion classes and off-year classes 
back to GDA for the June celebrations. 
Unlike other institutions, GDA does not use 
reunions as fund-raising events. Instead, 
reunions are seen as opportunities for 
alumni to catch up with GDA and one 

Working for the Association, for me, 
has meant waking to students' and teachers' 
needs, revitalizing old relationships and 
making fulfilling new ties. Volunteering has 
meant working with graduates. It also has 
meant working closely with the Academy's 
professionals: teachers, administrators and 
Headmaster Peter Bragdon. 

Participation in Academy affairs can 

take many forms. With the new look of the 
Archon has come the Association's inten- 
tion to produce more Class Notes and occa- 
sional articles about Association business. 
We also plan to publish a column of 
graduates' questions which will be answered 
by appropriate members of the faculty and 
administration. If you have such questions 
— on topics ranging from curriculum to 
sports, admissions to GDA lore — please 
send them to me at the Academy. 

As president of the Alumni Associa- 
tion, my commitment in hours to GDA is 
great, and my local address (only 20 
minutes from the Academy) allows for me to 
be involved more. Alumni far and near, 
young and younger, busy and busier, can all 
afford the gift of time to the Academy. 

The possibilities of volunteerism are 
there for all who wish to take part. So this 
is a call to you: consider giving GDA some 
hours — or even days — a year. Perhaps 
your Class Secretary could use your aid in 
the enjoyable business of gathering news 
from your classmates, or perhaps you'd like 
to join with us in one of the outreaches 
described above. If you, like me, have felt 
that your dollars were weak, though your 
goodwill was strong, please consider work- 
ing with us to make the Association an 
even more energetic force at GDA. To pur- 
sue the satisfactions of volunteering, drop 
me a card. IPS 


Show business was the theme of the 
first event hosted by the GDA Alumni 
Association of Southern California, as actor 
Howard Zuker '57, P'91 and producer Ted 
Bergmann '37, P'65, '70 '75 provided 
the entertainment. 

Bergmann, whose productions 
include "Three's Company," showed taped 

scenes from the successful series' early 
development and discussed the television 
industry and censorship. 

Zuker (a/k/a Zack Norman) brought 
tape clips from some of the films in which 
he has appeared, including "Romancing 
the Stone," "Cadillac Man" and "Ragtime," 
and described the acting profession. 

AASC President Dick Patton '50 said 
he was pleased with the large alumni turn- 
out for the April 15 event, also attended by 

Headmaster Peter Bragdon. "Everyone 
enjoyed the program tremendously," said 
Dick Bittner '51, association treasurer. 
They both said this will be the first of 
many such association events, and recom- 
mended that other regional GDA alumni 
associations form and hold their own 
similar alumni evenings. P3 

40 The Archon - Spring 1991 


JUNE 14, 15 AND 16 


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Friday, June 14 


5-7 p.m. 
7-8:30 p.m. 

8:30-9:30 p.m. 

8:30-10 p.m. 

10 p.m. 
Saturday, June 15 

8-9:30 a.m. 
9 a.m. 

9:30-10:45 a.m. 

11 a.m. 

11:15-12:15 p.m. 
12:15-2 p.m. 

2-6 p.m. 

6:30-8 p.m. 

8 p.m. — 

Sunday, June 16 

10-11 a.m. 
11 a.m. 

Reunioners arrive ^ 

Reception, Kaiser Visual Arts Center terrace 

Special Buffet Dinner (all reunioners) 
Class of '51 Special Cookout Dinner 

Sam Robbins '41 Art Show: 100 Years of American 
Still-Life Painting 1865-1965 

A Little Night Music by GDA students 

Evening Social ^ 

Buffet Breakfast • 

Annual Reunion Pie Race 
Campus Tours 

Alumni Forums ^ 

Parade of the Classes 

Alumni Meeting, Class Photos 

Picnic Buffet Luncheon (all reunioners) 

Old Guard Champagne Luncheon at Mansion House 

Sam Robbins '41 Art Show: 100 Years of American 

Still-Life Painting 1865-1965 

Class of '81 Golf Tournament 

Garden Tour of Newburyport Homes ^ 

Class of '56 Plum Island Birdwatching Trip 

Boat Cruise from Newburyport 

Softball, Frisbee, Volleyball, Croquet in Byfield Bowl 

Alumni Glee Club Rehearsal 

Class of '76 Cocktail Party at Steve French's 

Other Class Activities 

Traditional New England Clambake (all reunioners) 

Class of '41 Dinner at Navins' 

Class of '66 Dinner at Mansion House 

Party in the Quad (all reunioners) 
Class of '81 Party at French Building 

Chapel Service with Alumni Glee Club 
Farewell Brunch 

Governor Dummer Academy 
Byfield, MA 01922 

Address correction requested 

Non Profit Org. 



Byfield, MA 01922 
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